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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin


Junior Patriot Cheerleaders Show How It's Done

Paris, Tenn.-Patriots' fans were entertained at Friday night's game by the enthusiasm of the Junior Patriot Cheerleaders, who wowed everyone with their cheering abilities. Top and bottom photos are two views of the junior squad. (Tim Pharr photos).


Kyler Ainley Signs With Belhaven University

Kyler Ainley signs with Belhaven, with Head Coach Joe Thrasher, right, and Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Craig Bowman on left. With him are his grandparents, Michael Ainley and Vicki Hoover. (Photo courtesy of Vicki Hoover).

Jackson, Miss.-Kyler Ainley has signed to play football at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. Ainley was the kicker for the state champion Henry County Patriots football team.

Ainley's grandmother, Vicki Hoover said Kyler had inquiries from 116 different colleges and universities. He narrowed the choices down and made five official visits.

"Being able to compete in the starting kicker position as a freshman was a big factor in his decision and the fact that he knew he was a match for this university," Hoover said. Additionally, Belhaven is known for its business program and Kyler is seeking a degree in business.

"We are proud of Kyler and his choice and believe it is a great match for him. Kyler wore Patriot Red to sign but we now bleed green and gold! Go Belhaven Blazers!" Hoover said. "Kyler wants to thank the Patriot Players, Coaches and fans for their support in helping him get to this level. We are excited about his future."


Snow Blankets Henry County

Paris, Tenn.-A blanket of snow enveloped Henry County this morning, but there was little accumulation. Snow flurries fell late Thursday night but tampered off overnight. The snowfall did make for some pretty views, such as the Lee Academy for the Arts in photo above. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Drug Arrests Made Following Traffic Stops

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Paris woman for possession of methadone pills following a traffic stop on McClain Street Thursday afternoon. Patrolman Jamie James stopped a car driven by Lenora Powers, age 46 of 25 Travis Loop Rd., for speeding. In the course of the stop, James noticed the driver was breathing heavily and shaking.

With consent to search, Powers told him she had pills hidden in her bra. The pill bottle contained 30 methadone pills for which she had no prescription. Bond was set at $500.

Another traffic stop turned into an arrest when Patrolman Dereck Greenhill stopped a car for driving with an illegal license plate on N. Porter Street. Greenhill noted the passenger was someone for whom a warrant had been issued. Greenhill asked Jordan Henry, age 21 of 206 Wynn St. to step out of the car and in the process of doing so, Henry reportedly dropped some marijuana on the ground.

In the course of the subsequent search, Greenhill found a bag with five smaller bags inside. The bags had marijuana in them and had been packaged for resale. He also found $955 in tens and twenties in Henry’s possession and Henry reportedly had no explanation for how it go there.

Greenhill arrested Henry for possession with intent to sell and on the warrant for driving on a revoked license issued before. He also seized the money as possible illegal drug proceeds.

Meter Tampering Draws Arrest Warrant

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police have issued a warrant for a Morton Street man for tampering with a city electrical meter. Officers were called to 710 Morton Street by the Paris Board of Public Utilities. A BPU employee explained that the electricity at that address had been cut off January 24 but that the meter had been tampered with and the electricity was back on.

The arrest warrant was issued for Johnny Staggs, age 52 of that address.

In a separate incident, Deputies are investigating an attempted burglary to the Bethany Church of Christ at 2025 Pickard Rd., Cottage Grove. The incident occurred sometime between Jan. 28 and Jan. 31. No entry was made, but the door handle was broken and the door damaged.

Vandalism Reported

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Ace’s Pizza on a report of vandalism that caused $2,000 worth of damage. Someone placed pieces of rip rap in the drainage pipe causing drainage to back up in the business.

Henry County HealthCare Center Mulls Census Concerns

Paris, Tenn.- At the Henry County Medical Center Board of trustees meeting on Thursday night, director of the Henry County HealthCare Center Sandy Ray discussed several issues that longterm care like nursing homes are facing currently and the next few years.

Ray said we are very concerned with the bottom line and continue to see our census numbers stay low. She said in conversations with directors at other facilities in the area, they are all experiencing low census. Many of them have decertified some of their beds and are still operating well below full occupancy in their facilities.

Henry County Healthcare Center has licenses for 150 beds, but had closed down one hallway in cost cutting measures and are operating 129 beds. Ray informed the board they are running at 73% occupied.

Ray said there are several contributing factors as to why long term care facilities are struggling. There are pushes for more long term care at home now by patients, families, even the state which offers to pay for patients to go home in certain cases. Ray also said its hard to be approved for nursing home stays. The state dictates the need of patients stay in nursing homes and insurance usually only pays a few days as well.

Ray said we are adding some value to the hospital by saving the hospital money allowing them to transfer patients from hospital rooms to long term care at the healthcare center. Ray also closed by bragging on her staff, saying they work very hard and always do a great job trying to cut cost when needed.

Send a Get Well Card to EMS Director Mike Shankle

Shankle Diagnosed with Acute Leukemia

Paris, Tenn.- Human Resources Director Ed Ledden informed the board on the health of EMS director Mike Shankle, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia earlier this week. Ledden said he has undergone treatment at Vanderbilt and is currently there now and will likely have to stay about a month there. Ledden introduced Assistant EMS director Twila Rose to the board and said she was taking care of duties while Mike was out and doing a great job with things.

For anyone who would like to send Mike a get well card, it can be addressed to

                   Mike Shankle

                   Vanderbilt Univeristy Hospital

                   CCT 10659

                   1161 Medical Center Dr.
                   Nashville, TN 37232-0004.

Congress OKs Rural Bonus for EMS, Cuts Dialysis Reimbursements

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s HCMC board meeting saw Ed Ledden went over the director’s report for EMS at the regular quarterly meeting of the EMS board Thursday night as well. He said Congress had decided to delay the 2% cuts to EMS that were talked about at least for 2013. Congress also extended the 3% rural bonus payment that EMS receives to September of this year but in the same token decided to reduce reimbursements to EMS for Renal Dialysis patients by 10% starting in October. Ledden said this will have a big impact on Henry County. Lisa Casteel said that while EMS was still operating at a loss for the year, they were seeing much better numbers compared to this time last year.

Hospital Begins Next Phase of Medical Records Conversion

Lisa Casteel, CFO of HCMC, told the board in the administrative report that the medical center has begun work on building the physician documentation piece of the McKesson Paragon System as they continue to push towards complete electronic medical records. She said physicians were oriented to the project by McKesson physicians last week. This is one of the last major applications which will move the medical center to paperless medical records. Casteel said they will install in early March and then roll it out in groups of physicians. Plans are to be completed with the phase in late April.

The board of trustees also learned Thursday night that officials with TennCare indicated the state will be moving to an alternative payment plan in the next 18 months. Plans are to design a pilot program, like one working in Arkansas currently. Essentially it would pay HCMC on episodes of care for anywhere from five to ten diagnosis such as normal newborn deliveries, total joints, heart attack, and several surgery areas.

It was also learned that cold temperatures this winter is delaying the construction of the pedestrian bridge that currently has a portion of Tyson Avenue closed to traffic. Temps have been too cold to pour concrete so this could push the project back some. At the diagnostic center, Bethel staff has moved into their part of the building and final construction on the first level is underway.

Three Charged After Being Found in Quarantined Home


       Larry Black                      Billy Black                    Chawntel Smith


Springville, Tenn.-Three people were arrested earlier Thursday by the Metro Crime Unit after being found living in a home that had been placed on quarantine in 2011.

Officers from the Metro Unit, including sheriff's deputies and Paris Police officers, responded to 175 Rushing Rd. in Springville, after receiving information that people were living inside a quarantined home. A clandestine methamphetamine lab clean-up contractor had arrived at that address on that date and found evidence that it was being occupied.

The three were charged with criminal attempt to commit aggravated child abuse and unlawfully entering a quarantined property. Larry Black's bond was set at $50,000 and bond for the other two was set at $25,000 each.

The Metro unit had placed the home under quarantine in August of 2011 after officers had found a meth lab inside the home and the house had never been cleaned up.

Officers discovered that the homeowner, Larry Black, his son, Billy Black, and Chawntel Smith had been living there. Officers found personal and baby items inside the home and discovered the three had been living with a nine-day-old infant.

The Department of Children's Services was notified and took custody of the infant.  


Puppy Mill Adoptions Stalled; Case Bound Over To Grand Jury

One of the dogs seized from the puppy mill, all cleaned up. (HCSO Animal Shelter photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The pending adoptions of the dogs and puppies seized from the puppy mill being operated by Cheryl Kidd, 1749 Perkins Rd., Puryear, has been stalled.

In order for the dogs to be adopted, Kidd must first sign them over to the Henry County Sheriff's Office and that has not happened yet. Kidd has been charged with both animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large. When the puppy mill was discovered, deputies found some 35 mostly small breed dogs and some newborn puppies in extremely unsanitary conditions with no water nor shelter.

The dogs were seized and taken to the sheriff's office animal shelter on Jones Bend Rd.

Sheriff Monte Belew said this morning that the prosecution offered Kidd a plea agreement under which if she plead guilty to animal cruelty and signed the dogs over to the sheriff's department, she would not face jail time nor probation.

"She would not agree to that," Belew said. "The only thing she was willing to do was plead guilty to the charge of animals running at large and we said, no, we'll just take it to trial."

At a hearing Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court, Judge Vicki Snyder bound the case over to the next grand jury, which convenes on March 3.

Since the case was publicized some 85 people have called the shelter wanting to be placed on the adoption list. Melissa Bomar of the shelter said, " For those of you on the list, the wait will continue and we apologize. We were looking forward to all of the smiling faces at the shelter. We can promise you that these precious furbabies are being very well cared for. They all seem to be very happy and, for the most part, healthy."

Dance Festival to Include Paris Dancers

Huntingdon, Tenn.-The Dixie’s First Annual Dance Festival Showcasing Dance in West TN will begin Friday, February 1, and conclude on Sunday, February 3.

This Festival will consist of free classes for those just interested in learning something new as well as master classes for participating dancers from fundamental to expert levels taught by professionals, a day of performances at The National Guard Armory in Huntingdon, and a featured performance by The Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble on Saturday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The festival will close Sunday morning at First Baptist Church in Huntingdon with a praise dance performed by Ballet Rejoice.

Participants will include: the Paris Square Dancers, Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble, Huntingdon Square Dancers, University of Tennessee at Martin Dance Team and Drums , Jackson Purchase Dance Company
Riverboat Cloggers & Delta Rhythm Dancers, Memphis: Austin Peay State University Dance Team and Martin Dance Studio
Huntingdon Primary School Dancers.

For more information about any of the above events contact The Dixie’s box office at 731-986-2100 or order tickets for the Saturday evening performance online at www.dixiepac.net.


TSBA Recognizes This Week As School Board Appreciation Week

Paris, Tenn.- This week is School Board Appreciation week in the state of Tennessee. It’s a week the Tennessee School Board Association had set aside for time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. If you happen to see a school board member for the Henry County School System or Paris Special School District this week tell them thanks for their hard work and dedication.

Members of the PSSD board are Chairman Richard Edwards, Robert Sleadd, Bill Jelks, John Steele, Christy Minor, Kim Foster, and Amy Cathey. Henry County Board of Education members are Chairman Tom Beasely, Doug Braden, Jim McCampbell, Rod Frey and Robert Sleadd.

Police Officer Honored With Life-Saving Award

Patrolman Amber Roaten is congratulated by Sgt. John Brewer at city hall ceremony Wednesday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris Police Officer was honored Wednesday for taking steps that saved the life of a 55-year-old woman last fall.

Patrolman Amber Roaten was credited with performing CPR on a woman who was not breathing at a home on Hwy. 69N in September of 2012. At a ceremony at Paris City Hall, Sgt. John Brewer said Patrolman Roaten heard the call to dispatch and arrived before EMS. The victim had fallen and was not breathing for five minutes and was turning blue, Brewer said, when Roaten began performing CPR on her.

According to Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker, Roaten continued CPR until EMS arrived and EMS was able to start her heart by shocking her. The victim first transported to Henry County Medical Center and Brewer said by the time the victim was airlifted to a medical facility, she was still in serious condition, but she was breathing on her own.

Roaten's supervisor Sgt. Michael Ramos said even after EMS arrived, Roaten continued with life-saving procedures.

The EMS workers at the scene said they were grateful for Roaten's actions and if not for her, the victim would not have survived, Brewer said.

Both Ramos and Whitaker formally requested that Roaten be recognized by the Police Department for going above and beyond her line of duty to save a victim's life.


Warrants Issued in Aggravated Assault on Sparks Street

Paris, Tenn.- Two of three men allegedly involved in aggravated assault on Sparks Street have been arrested according to a report at the Paris Police Department. Ptl. Mitch Gallimore responded to an address on Sparks Street where a woman said she arrived home with Derricko Patton, Deshar Patton, and James Dumas, Jr. all at the home with another resident. The woman asked the men to leave and they all began to assault her. She was grabbed by the throat and punched and kicked.

The report said she managed to get away from the men and called police, but they had left the scene before officers arrived. Later in the evening Deshar Patton, age 23, of 303 Jenkins Street was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. Patton was placed on $6500 bond.

James Dumas, Jr., age 22, of 706 Caledonia, was finally apprehended after running from Ptl. Derek Colley at a traffic stop earlier in the evening. Dumas was charged with aggravated assault, felony evading, and driving on revoked license. He was placed on $5,000 bond.

As of Wednesday morning, Derricko Patton, age 25 of 303 Jenkins, had not been arrested in this incident.

Henry Fire Department Puts Out Fire on Lumber Road

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department responded to an abandoned mobile home on Lumber Road that was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. The fire occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Henry Fire personnel were unavailable for comment on how the fire started or what contents were inside the home. The home was deemed a total loss.

New Dollar Store Moving Right Along

Paris, Tenn.-The new Dollar General Store being constructed on N. Market Street is nearly complete and will mean that Paris will soon have four Dollar General stores within the city limits from which to choose. The other stores are on Mineral Wells Ave., the Lakeway shopping center on Hwy. 79N and on Hwy. 54. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

DECA Students Excel at Regionals

DECA had the following winners at District 2 Regionals at Union University Jan 24:

Principles of Business Management: 6th place Austin Nance
Principles of Marketing: 1st place: Sam Williams
Principles of Finance: 4th place: Davis Wells
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism: 1st place: Justin Mitchell
Quick Serve Restaurant: 1st place: Jamie Tutorow
Retail Merchandising: 5th place: Patrick Fagan
Sports and Entertainment Marketing: 2nd place Austin Foster; 5th place Marissa Slaughter
Apparel and Accessories: 1st place: Darian French
Restaurant and Food Service Mgmt: 5th place: Diana Hernandez
Sports and Entertainment Team: 4th place: Laz Constantine and Jesse Reyna

Written Events:
Public Relations: Kelsey Kowalchuk
Fashion Merchandising: Petra Travis and Tiffany Bennett

This group of students will compete against students from across the state at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville in March.

Quota Learns About Perkins Center

New member Wanda Hughes, right, was installed by Stephanie Tayloe, center. Beverly Wood, at left, was her sponsor. (Martha McFadden photo).

Paris, Tenn.-At its recent meeting, the Paris Quota Club heard Catherine Herrera, County Director for the Carl Perkins Center, speak about the prevention of child abuse and the Center's role.

The mission of the Center is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life. Herrera said to listen to children and believe them; they do not make up stories about abuse.

The Center works closely with DCS and the law enforcement. The Center not only helps abused children; but they help the families of abused children that may be struggling for basic necessities. They sponsor fundraisers and welcome any donations and volunteer help. April is child abuse prevention month. There is a Center located in Henry County and Carroll County. The 24 hour crisis hotline is 1-800-273-4747. To report child abuse, please call Central Intake at 1-877-237-0004.

Stephanie Tayloe installed a new member, Wanda Hughes, who is sponsored by Beverly Wood.

An Evening of Chocolate will be held at Inman Middle School Gymnasium on February 5 from 5 – 7 pm. Quota is a sponsor of the event and will have a booth with chocolate desserts. Tickets are $10 and ticket holders will be able to stroll through each booth and gather their chocolate delights to enjoy with friends at the event or to take home (all ticket holders will receive a to-go container).

Bottled water will be served, as well as some chocolate drinks by vendors. Tickets are available from HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council Members, Paris & Henry Co Healthcare Foundation Board Members, HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop, My Favorite Things and Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are limited to 200 guests and will only be available at the door if all tickets are not sold. This event will help to raise money to establish a fund for those who need a screening mammogram and cannot afford one.

The club will provide dinner for the Patriot’s Kitchen on January 31st.

Healthcare Expo Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce will hold the 10th annual Healthcare Expo from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday February 2 at the Paris Civic Center on Volunteer Drive in Paris.

Partnerships with the “Healthy Henry County” lifestyle campaign, local businesses, healthcare providers, TVCC, and Henry County Medical Center Healthcare Foundation will make the Expo bigger and more family friendly than ever, according to the Chamber. The Healthcare Foundation’s 5K Scrub Run will take place the morning of the Expo.

Booth Space is still available, but filling up fast as several healthcare related businesses have already signed up to be a part of the Expo. For more information call the chamber at 642-3431.

Get Ready to Run for Healthcare Foundation Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The Healthcare Foundation’s Scrub Run will begin at 9am and end at the Paris Civic Center on Saturday. Registration starts at 8am but everyone is encouraged to preregister for the run and walk by picking up a registration form at the medical center or visiting the website hcmc-tn.org. Cost to run is $15 before the Scrub Run or $20 the day of the event.

The 5K course is USATF Certified and a time clock will be available with a printed time of finish. Scrub shirts will be given to participants on a first come first serve basis. Awards will be presented to the overall male and female and top three in each age division. For more information call 644-8266.

Wednesday is Deadline to Enter This Saturday's FF Pageants

Paris, Tenn.- Today is the deadline to enter this Saturday’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry Pageants. The pageant schedule will be Little Prince and Princess at 10am Saturday, Tiny Tot at 1pm, and Jr. Queen at 2:30 pm. All pageants will be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center. If you still need entry forms, you can download them and print them off our website at wmufradio.com.

Lady Pats Lose Thriller, Pats Win at Clarksville High

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County gained a split on the basketball court Tuesday night at Clarksville High in district 10-AAA action. The Lady Patriots dropped a thriller 41-39 to Clarksville. Hannah McFadden lead the way for Henry County with 8 points while Sealy Hudson had 7 and Savannah Rose chipped in 6. In men’s action, the Patriots defeated the Wildcats 48-30. Brandon Donaldson paced the Pats with 11 points and Amari Cook had 10 points and Blake Houston chipped in 7.

The teams will be at home on Friday against Rossview, then finish the regular season next week with games at Kenwood Tuesday February 5th and at home against Northwest Friday February 8th.

HCHS Baseball Booster Chili Supper Set for Friday Night

Annual Fundraiser to be held prior to HCHS-Rossview Basketball game

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Baseball Booster Club will hold its annual Chili Supper Friday night at the high school cafeteria prior to and during the Henry County vs. Rossview Basketball game. Its only $5 for a bowl of chili, sandwich, drink, and dessert Friday night. All money raised benefit Patriot baseball for the upcoming season.

Broadway Lights Up Lee Academy

Paris, Tenn.-Musical selections from favorite Broadway shows lit up the Lee Academy for the Arts over the weekend as "Broadway Comes to Lee" was presented for two shows Saturday and Sunday. In top photo, the entire group of performers sings"The Sound of Music": (from left) Doug Braden, Leland Jones, Vicki Snyder, Norma Gerrell, Amy Martin, Tim Williams, Dale Aston, Linda Sykes, Robin Hickman & Bill Williams. Bottom photo shows the elaborate cakes prepared by Jerry Joyner for the Sunday matinee performance. (Jean Owens photos).


HOSA Group Comes Home with Awards

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County High School's HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) competed at regional competition on Friday, January 18 and had the following winners:

Pathophysiology: 5th place: Michelle Culley
Medical Law and Ethics: 5th place: Ryan Mahan
Pharmacology: 4th place: Shannon Evans
Nutrition: 5th place: Mallory Norwood
Dental Science: 1st place: Ivy Dicus
Home Health Aide: 1st place: Kaitlin Eaker
Physical Therapy: 1st place: Riley Winchester
Sport Medicine: 2nd place: Rachel Ayers
Veterinary Science: 5th place: Conner Boley
EMT: 4th place: Evan Pugh and Griffin Wood
Extemporaneous Health Poster: 1st place: Sarah Webb
Medical Photography: 1st place: Casey Petersen
Researched Persuasive Speaking: 4th place: Sierra Harris
Biomedical Debate: 1st place: Jordan Hayes, Shelby Smith, Ali Davis
Creative Problem Solving: 1st place: Chesney Buttrey, Katie Drummond, Bridget Stahl and Colin Kilpatrick
Health Education: 4th place: Whitney Rawls, Meredith Bullock, Libbie Farmer, Sheila Lamb
HOSA Bowl: 1st place: Sarah Cathey, Bridget Bryson, Ashton Cate, Rachel Wynn

Students will advance to compete at state level in March.

Bethel Paris Campus Hosts Degree Info Sessions Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies will host a free, no-obligation Information Session from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the new Paris Campus, 302B Tyson Avenue, Room 203.

Attendees will learn more about Bethel’s accelerated bachelor’s degree-completion program, which allows adult learners with more than 30 hours of previous college credits to earn a degree in Management in about half the time of traditional programs. Students may choose to attend class one night per week at the new Paris campus starting Tuesday, March 26, or take classes completely online through Bethel’s Virtual Campus.

Attendees will also learn more about Bethel’s accelerated Executive MBA Program. The fastest-growing and largest MBA program of its kind in the state of Tennessee, Bethel’s MBA program combines relevant online coursework with seminars led by top industry professionals from around the country.

Both programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

It is recommended that attendees park in the rear of the building and enter through the back door. To register for Bethel University’s Information Session – or if you can’t attend, but need more information about either program -- contact Toni Bowden at (731) 363.8322 or bowdent@bethelu.edu.

Perkins, Young Are FFA Stars

Paris, Tenn.- Paris FFA members Melinda Perkins and Jim Young are the Chapter Star Farmer and Star in Ag Placement and competed for their respective Regional titles last week at Peabody High School in Trenton. After completing an intensive application and interview process, Melinda was named West TN Star Farmer and will be competing for state honors in March at the 86th State FFA Convention.


Entries Still Being Accepted for Photo Showcase

Paris, Tenn.-Paris-Henry County Arts Council Assistant Director Joy Stubblefield has issued a  reminder that entries are now being accepted for the Arts Council's 21st Annual Photo Showcase sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Danny Kimberlin.

Entry deadline is Thursday, February 28 and the entry form and rules are available at the office located in City Hall or on the website www.phcarts.com.


Youth Baseball Signups Set

Henry County Youth Baseball Sign-ups will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, February 16. Sign-ups and try-outs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 23 and March 2 at McNeill Park. Online sign-ups are open at this time. For more information, please send email to youthbaseballinhc@yahoo.com.

Spike Lee Film Festival This Week at MSU


Murray, Ky. — A Spike Lee Film Festival is scheduled to lead up to the 2013 Murray State University Presidential Lecture Series that features Lee speaking on “America Through My Lens.” Lee will give his lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. The events are free and open to all.

First and foremost, Lee is recognized as a premiere African-American filmmaker. His film subjects are diverse, running the gamut from documentaries to socio-political dramas.

The film festival is this week until Feb. 2 in the Curris Center on campus.

“Get on the Bus” is showing in the Curris Center Barkley Room on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7:15 p.m.

The last two films in the festival will both be shown in the Curris Center Theater — “Do the Right Thing” on Friday, Feb. 1, at 10:30 p.m. and “School Daze” on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 p.m.

Lady Pats Lose, Pats Victorious over West Creek, Play at CHS Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Split games at home last night with West Creek in a makeup game from earlier in January. The Lady Patriots lost 55-34 to West Creek, and the Patriots won 59-49. Brandon Donaldson had 22 points to lead the way for the Big Red in the victory.

911 Board Hears Updates on Building Renovations

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E911 board met on Monday and heard from Scott Stephens on the new 911 building renovations. Stephens had new blueprints drawn for the board and said they have reworked some things to maximize the use of the building. He said they were going to use part of the basement of the building as plumbing along with some other things.

Stephens said they decided to bid out all aspects of the renovation work again and trimmed down some things for a better price. They will open the new bids February 12.

Chairman of the 911 board John Etheridge said that he appreciated the work that Stephens and 911 director Mark Archer has done with closely watching numbers and reworking drawings and re-bidding things out. Etheridge said he is glad to see they are trying to get the most building for the price.

In other business, the board later tabled a decision on a recommendation from director Mark Archer on a dispatcher salary supplement. Archer told board members that with all the work above and beyond the call of duty dispatchers put forth and now learning all new programs with continuing technology upgrades for 911, he thought it would be a good idea to give them a one time salary supplement.

Archer said they could use part of the grant money the system has in place this year and give the full time dispatchers a one time bump of $2000 and the one part time dispatcher a bonus of $1000. Total cost would be about $19,000 to cover all dispatchers at 911.

Chairman John Etheridge brought up that the 911 board doesn’t pay the salaries for dispatchers and while he agrees the work they do is great and above the call of duty, if a supplement is given, it needs to come from the entity which pays their salary, the city of Paris.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, who oversees dispatchers, wasn’t on hand at the meeting Monday night, but left a letter addressing the issue. After some discussion, most board members felt like dispatchers deserved the supplement, but didn’t want to do anything without the chief and also agreed about the issue of the city paying the salaries.

Etheridge asked Archer to place the item back on the agenda for when the board meets again in March. They will discuss the amount, details, and whether or not to go with the supplement then. Etheridge also asked the board’s attorney Chip McLean to see if there were any legal issues with giving the supplements with grant money on a one time basis.

911, PSSD, BPU Working Together to let Dispatch Monitor Schools

Paris, Tenn.- More from Monday’s E911 board meeting, director for 911 Mark Archer explained they are moving ahead with a joint project to help monitor schools in the Paris Special School District.

The PSSD will provide a computer monitor to 911 to allow dispatch to monitor the campuses of the schools in emergency situations. Archer said PSSD has about 50 cameras systemwide.

BPU is also a partner, allowing the use of some of its dark fiber space to send the signals from the cameras to dispatch. Archer said if BPU hadn’t agreed to give the fiber space, it would have been a major hurdle to get this done. Archer said they ought to have the monitors in place in a month or so.

Archer said he has also been in contact with the Henry County School System to be able to monitor their campuses as well in the future. Archer said this process would be a little more difficult as they have around 100 cameras systemwide.

Chairman of the 911 board John Etheridge also reminded board members BPU doesn’t lease fiber to the county as it does the city so he’d have to go through another carrier of the fiber optics.

WBFF Miss Teen, Pre-Teen Queens and Courts Crowned

Miss Teen Court

Paris, Tenn.-Members of the Miss Teen Court were crowned Sunday afternoon, and they are: left to right: Third Maid Shaylah Willis, daughter of Shawnee Willis & Renee Peritt, First Maid Haley Danielle Birmingham, daughter of Tony & Dana Birmingham, Miss Teen Amber Scott, daughter of Greg Scott & Allison Scott, Second Maid Aleece Marie Passman daughter of Gary & Tina Passman, 4th Maid Alexandria Lee Reagor daughter of Susan Reagor & Eddie Reagor. (Kristian Elliot photo).

Pre-Teen Court

Miss Pre-Teen Court members were crowned also and they are: left to right- Third Maid Madison Hopkins, daughter of Scott & Melissa Hopkins; First Maid Olivia Jane Harber, daughter of Lydia flowers & Paul & Danyel Harber; Miss PreTeen Mattie Grace Vermillion daughter of Mike & Misty Vermillion, Second Maid, Natalie Clark daughter of Andy & Sonya Clark, Fourth Maid Marley Elizabeth Trosper daughter of Jon & Jennifer Trosper. (Kristian Elliott photo).

Home Invasion Suspects Arrested By Sheriff's Deputies

Paris, Tenn.-Two men were arrested for aggravated burglary and robbery after a home invasion that occurred over the weekend. According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jim Sanders responded to Jones Bend Road where a woman said two men, one short white man and one tall black man had busted down her back door and ordered her to sit in a chair.

The men then asked her where some money was and she pointed to a closet. They took $6000 in cash along with her cell phone and left the home. Sanders and Cpl. Lance Perry were at an intersection near the incident and noticed a white care drive by with two men in it matching the description and pulled the car over down the road a piece.

Inside the vehicle were Blake Andrew Swayne, age 25, of 1108 Depot Street and Gerald Jackson, age 48, of 2405 Highway 69A. Jackson was found to be in possession of a knife and seven $100 bills in his wallet. Swayne had five $100 bills in his wallet. After questioning, it was determined the two were the ones that stole the money from the home on Jones Bend Road.

Swanye was charged with aggravated burglary and robbery. Jackson was charged with aggravated burglary and robbery and violation of probation. Both were placed on $100K bond.

Drug arrests Made over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit arrested Kenneth J. Luberts, of 109 Pennsylvania Avenue for accessory after the fact, simple possession of schedule 6 drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another arrest from the weekend was Charles D. Williams, of 114 Willow Oaks for simple possession of schedule two, driving on a revoked license, and trespassing. Williams was placed on $2K bond.

Cpl. Ricky Wade of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol on highway 79 South and saw a white Cadillac run off the road a couple times and swerve several times. He soon activated his blue lights and stopped the vehicle and noticed a smell of alcohol immediately. He also noticed a passenger in the back seat attempt to push something in the front seat.

Drug dog Droid was sent to search the car and alerted in the back seat area. A Crown Royal bag filled with needles, two pipes, and a spoon with meth residue was found. Charged in the incident was Joshua L. Hindman, of Huntingdon for simple possession of schedule two and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In a separate incident, Nicholas C. Palanki, age 27 of 14 Vandyke Road of Henry was charged after officers did a search and found 6 bags of marijuana in his underwear. Palanki was charged with possession of schedule six drug with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver.

Patriots to Make Up Game with West Creek Tonight at Home

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County hosts West Creek this evening in a makeup game from January 15th. The Henry County Sports show will air from Gamlin Gym starting at 5pm as we preview the game and look ahead to games Tuesday at Clarksville and Friday at home against Rossview. The tip for the Lady Patriots tonight is set for 6pm and you can catch all the action on WLZK 94.1FM or online at wmufradio.com.

Hazelwood 'No Soil' Gardening Workshop Well-Attended

Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 20 adults and several kids spent Saturday at Camp Hazelwood for the 'No Soil' Gardening Workshop, learning about hydroponics, aquoponics, and dutch bucket system. Hazelwood Every Child Outdoors campaign has several activies to get kids excited about their communities and all the possibilities of excitement outside their homes. Photos submitted by Vicki Jo Valentine.

Herron Elected to Head State Democratic Party

Nashville, Tenn.-Former State Rep. Roy Herron of Dresden was elected Saturday as the chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party. He was sworn in in the State Capitol.

Herron defeated former State Party Treasurer Dave Garrison by 39-27 of executive committee members voting.

Elisa Parker of Franklin was elected to serve as vice chair, Wade Munday of Nashville was elected to serve as Treasurer, and Gale Jones Carson of Memphis was elected to serve as Secretary.

At the meeting, TNDP Executive Committee members also honored the service of outgoing Chairman Chip Forrester, who finished his second consecutive term as chairman.

“I am excited to serve alongside my fellow TNDP officers as we begin the critical work of rebuilding our great state and our Democratic Party,” Herron said. “Together, we will keep working toward building a state where opportunity exists for everyone willing to work for it, and where the American Dream is truly within reach for working and middle class families, not just a lucky few.”


Demolition Debris Cleared Off

Paris, Tenn.-As of Sunday morning, the demolition debris from the former Belk's building in downtown Paris was almost all cleared off. The building at Brewer and Washington Streets was taken down Saturday by BWY Construction of Dresden and workers have been steadily filling dump trucks with debris and hauling it off since then. The now empty lot will create more parking for the Paris Board of Public Utilities next door. The streets are expected to be open to traffic Monday morning. More information on the demolition can be found elsewhere on this page. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Altercation Lands Springville Man in Vanderbilt Medical Center

Paris, Tenn.-A Springville man was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville with severe injuries following an incident that occurred Saturday morning at 1004 E. Blythe Street.

According to the police report, officers were called to the address on a report that a man was being assaulted in front of the house. When Patrolman Jeremye Whitaker arrived, he found the subject standing in the middle of the street intoxicated with blood all over him. EMS was called. Whitaker said the subject told him he had been assaulted by two men inside the residence.

Whitaker observed a large amount of blood on the other men’s clothes and inside the house. The men told him that the subject had been drinking and became combative and they all started fighting through the house. According to Whitaker, the tub, toilet and sink in the bathroom were all messed up and one of the men told him that when the subject began trying to get into the children’s rooms, he hit the subject in the face with a beer bottle and dragged him down the stairs.

Whitaker’s report indicated that no one wanted to pursue charges and that none were filed due to the lack of cooperation of one of the parties and conflicting stories. In a supplement to the original report, Whitaker noted that he had learned that the subject had been transported to Vanderbilt due to the severity of the injuries and that he called Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing who agreed with him that charges would not be filed unless other circumstances arise.

No condition report was available from Vanderbilt as to the subject’s condition.

In another incident, Sgt. Michael Ramos arrested Travis Wilson, age 35 of 1202 Lone Oak Rd., for domestic assault and criminal trespass after a fight between two brothers that occurred around noon Saturday.

Police were called to Lone Oak Trailer Park and Ramos found the victim with a bloody nose, scratches on his neck and arms and possible bite marks and determined that Travis Wilson was the aggressor. A criminal trespass directive was issued by the trailer park manager based on prior problems.

Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready for the Pageant

Paris, Tenn.-There was excitement and anxiety behind-the-scenes at Saturday's 2013 World's Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess pageant, but also playfulness as well. Top photo shows Shelby Beloate (seated) being prepared for the pageant by Hairdresser Katherine Tosh, left, while Beloate's mother Missy and fellow Contestant Katie Drummond (right) look on. Bottom photo, (from left) Hannah McFadden,  Darian French and Rachel Wilson strike poses while Addi Cate looks at her phone. Emcee Kaylee Clark, far left, looks on. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Ali Davis Crowned 2013 Hostess Princess

2013 Hostess Princess Ali Davis (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-Sixteen-year-old Ali Davis was named the 2013 World’s Biggest Fish Fry Hostess Princess Saturday night’s annual pageant. Ali is a junior at Henry County High School and the daughter of Andrew and Laura Davis.

The auditorium at the Krider Performing Arts Center was packed for the pageant, which each year is the first event for the week-long fish fry.

As Hostess Princess, Davis will reign over the fish fry, along with her maids and they are: First Maid Katie Drummond, 17, daughter of Chad Drummond and Bo and Emily Walker. Second Maid Rachel Wilson, 16, daughter of Tony and Amy Wilson. Third Maid Hannah McFadden, 17, daughter of Mark and Suzi McFadden. Fourth Maid Shelby Beloate, 18, daughter of Chris and Missy Beloate.

The Hostess Princess and her Maids: from left, Fourth Maid Shelby Beloate; Second Maid Rachel Wilson; Hostess Princess Ali Davis; First Maid Katie Drummond; Third Maid Hannah McFadden. (McFarlin photo).

Hostess Princess Ali Davis is helped into her cape by Kristian Elliott, chair of the pageant. (McFarlin photo).


Downtown Landmark is Demolished

Building Formerly Housed Camp Tyson USO

Members of the demolition crew look on as the former Belks building is demolished. (Shannon McFarlin photos).

Paris, Tenn.-A downtown Paris landmark was demolished Saturday, as crews with BWY Construction of Dresden took down the former Belks store building next to the Paris Board of Public Utilities at the corner of Brewer and Washington Streets.

The building most recently housed Office Concepts, but during World War II, the building was home to the USO utilized by the Camp Tyson soldiers. The USO was located on the top floor and was a place where the soldiers could get away from the daily grind of the barrage balloon facility and get some entertainment.

The space will be utilized by BPU for additional parking. BPU also will reconfigure the spot where customers can pay their bills with the overnight slot to be moved from the alley.

Onlookers were on site most of the day Saturday, watching the demolition and taking photos. The debris was expected to be cleared by Sunday and the streets reopened.

A view of the inside of the old building. (McFarlin photo).

Patriots Win Friday Night Basketball

Paris, Tenn.-Both the girls and boys Henry County Patriots' basketball teams won their games against Springfield Friday night. Girls won by 53-40, while the boys won by 55-49.

Savannah Rose was girls' high scorer with 13 points and Blake Houston was boys' high scorer with 20.


Man Held Without Bond on Probation Violation

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was ordered held without bond following his arrest on probation violation and theft over $500.

Moriel Harris, Jr., 19, 526 Harrison Lane, was arrested by Henry County Sheriff’s Deputies. The Circuit Court ordered him held without bond on the probation violation charge and General Sessions Court ordered $5,000 bond on the theft charge.

In another incident, A Paris woman was arrested on a charge of shoplifting from Wal-Mart after she reportedly was caught concealing items in her purse and trying to exit the store without paying.

Tracy Watson, 27, 3215 Old Union Rd., was arrested for stealing $69 worth of merchandise which included tank tops, yoga pants, jacket, t-shirts and candy.

In a separate incident, Paris Police are investigating thefts that occurred at Pocket’s convenience store over the past week. Officers were called to the store and were shown a video which shows a white male taking an item and leaving the store in a white Cadillac.

And still more--Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew arrested a Paris woman for DUI 1st offense Thursday. Dana Lowry, 41, 323 Walnut St., was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent. Bond of $1,500 was set.

Unemployment in Henry County and Area Increases

Nashville, Tenn.-County unemployment rates for December 2012, released today, show the rate decreased in two counties and increased in 93 primarily due to normal seasonal employment declines. County unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and reflect seasonal employment changes from month to month.

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for December remained constant from the November revised rate of 7.6 percent. The national unemployment rate for December 2012 was 7.8 percent, also unchanged from the previous month.

Closer to home, the unemployment rates in Henry and surrounding counties have all increased from November. Henry County's unemployment in December was 10.5 percent, a hike from 9.4 percent in November. Weakley County continues to show the highest unemployment in our area, with 11.6 percent in December, compared to 10.9 from November. Benton Co. unemployment is 9.9 percent, compared to 8.9 in November, and Carroll County is 11.2, compared with 10.2 in November

The lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee was listed in Williamson County, with five percent, while the highest in the state was Scott Co., with 16.8 percent.


The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series


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