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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Don't Miss Bethel's Presentation of Arsenic and Old Lace This Weekend

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to present the highly acclaimed production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd 7pm and a 2pm matinee show on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th at the Bethel Performing Arts Center, located at 625 North Stonewall Street in McKenzie. 

Tickets cost $10 each and you can purchase tickets online at www.bethelrenaissance.com/arsenic, or you can call their office at 731-352-6980 or stop by the Bethel Renaissance Office open Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm, which is located at 28 Lee Avenue on the square in McKenzie.

Faculty, staff and students get in for free, just contact the Renaissance office to reserve your complimentary tickets. The Bethel Renaissance does anticipate a full house for each performance, so please reserve those tickets in advance.

"Arsenic and Old Lace" is a dark comedy play by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, written in 1939. Debuting on Broadway in 1941, it ran for three years and over fourteen hundred performances. The plot centers on the Brewster family, a once elite American bloodline that has now descended into homicidal insanity. Mortimer Brewster, a drama critic and the most ostensibly normal of his clan, is forced to cover up for his sadistic kin while being torn between family loyalty and his desire to marry the woman he loves.

Exploring themes including family loyalty, nature versus nurture, and whether we can ever truly break away from our family’s influence, "Arsenic and Old Lace" was praised for its dark, screwball comedy tone with The New York Times theater critic declaring it one of the funniest plays he’d ever seen. Still widely read, studied, and performed today, it has been adapted multiple times including CBS and ABC TV movie adaptations. It is perhaps best known for the 1944 film adaptation directed by Frank Capra and starring Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster.

"Arsenic and Old Lace, (the film) is one of the first movies I can remember seeing as a child", commented Bala Boyd, Associate Director of Renaissance Theatre, "I loved it instantly and go to see the play every chance I get. When the opportunity arose to make "Arsenic and Old Lace" my directorial debut I jumped at the chance."


Former HC Director of Schools Sam Miles Headed to TSSAA Hall of Fame

Murfreesboro, Tenn.- Retired Henry County Director of Schools Sam Miles is one of 9 people that will join the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Miles and the rest of this year’s class will be inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame at the annual luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro on Saturday April 14th.

Miles served as Director of Henry County Schools from 2008-2015. Prior to that he coached basketball at Trenton Peabody and Dyersburg for over 10 years; was principal at Peabody High from 1983-1995, Principal at Dyersburg High from 1995-2006, served on the TSSAA Board of control from 1994-2006, and was employed by the State Department of Education as a teacher evaluator.

Tickets go on sale for the event Monday February 5th and can be purchased for $25 each from www.tssaa.org.

TVA Starts FY 2018 With Solid First Quarter Results

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority reported Thursday in its FY18 first quarter financial disclosure a net income of $288 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2017. Net income was up $186 million from the same period last year, primarily due to overall lower expenses.

TVA’s total operating revenues of approximately $2.5 billion for the three months ending Dec. 31, 2017, were relatively flat when compared to first quarter last year. Power sales were up about two percent for the quarter on more normal weather, as milder weather affected sales during the same period last year. Even with higher sales volume, fuel and purchased power expenses were down $115 million, or about 14 percent, primarily due to an increase in low-cost hydroelectric production and slightly lower natural gas prices.        

“Power consumers in the Tennessee Valley are seeing significant benefits from the investments we’ve made to diversify TVA’s power system,” said TVA Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson. “More than half of the energy supplied by TVA in the first quarter came from carbon-free sources - nuclear, hydro and other renewables that are helping the power system deliver safe, reliable, and cleaner energy - at a lower cost. 

“TVA’s residential rates are lower than 70 percent of our competitors,” Johnson said. “As a result of reductions in O&M, improved operations and lower fuel costs, the effective rate for consumers is 2 percent below 2013.”

With more normal rainfall, TVA was able to increase hydroelectric generation in the first quarter, which accounted for about nine percent of total power supply, versus only five percent during the same period last year. Natural gas-fired generation also increased by about 13 percent during the first three months of FY18, compared to the same period of the prior year. This was partially driven by the slightly lower natural gas prices.

Operating and maintenance expense was $32 million lower for first quarter FY18 compared to FY17. The decrease was partially due to fewer planned nuclear outage days and lower expenses related to identified efficiencies and staffing changes.   

“TVA customers are seeing the benefits of lower costs from each of our major expense categories - lower fuel and purchased power expense, greater efficiency in how we operate and declining interest on debt,” said TVA Chief Financial Officer John Thomas. “The significant improvements in TVA’s power system and operations over the last few years are keeping TVA’s power rates low, while improving TVA’s financial health for the future.”

Additional highlights of TVA’s first quarter fiscal year 2018 results include:

  • Increased revenue from higher energy sales and the base rate adjustment that became effective Oct. 1, 2017, was offset by lower fuel cost recovery.

  • Total operating expenses decreased approximately eight percent during the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period of the prior year.

  • During the first quarter of 2018, TVA completed installations of two selective catalytic reduction systems at the Gallatin Fossil Plant, as well as the installation of scrubbers and SCRs for Units 1 and 4 at the Shawnee Fossil Plant.

  • Units 1-4 of the Johnsonville Fossil Plant were retired in December 2017.

TVA executive management will host a conference call to discuss first quarter fiscal year 2018 results at 9:30 a.m. EST, on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. The conference call can be accessed from TVA’s website via webcast, at http://www.tva.com, on the Investor Relations home page. For quicker access to the live conference call, please pre-register through TVA’s website before the scheduled start time, and follow the instructions provided. Once pre-registered, the dial-in number will be provided via an email. If you are unable to pre-register, you may access the conference call by dialing toll free (844) 308-6432 in the United States, or (412) 717- 9611 outside the United States.

A replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call until 9:30 a.m. ET, Feb. 2, 2019, by calling toll free (877) 344-7529 in the United States or (412) 317-0088 outside the United States and using the conference number 10115229. A webcast replay and transcript will also be available for one year on TVA’s website at http://www.tva.com/investors.

Holy Cross Youth Group Raising Money for Camp

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church’s Lifeteen Group is holding a fundraiser asking for gently worn, used, and new shoes. Drop the items off at Joe Mahan Ford, Guinns Shoes, Butler Harber, and Holy Cross Catholic Church. The fundraiser runs until March 7th and money raised will be used to send the youth to a camp in June. For more information on the fundraiser log onto http://ourshoedrive.com/holy-cross-lifeteen/

HC Travels to Northwest Fri. For District Action

Clarksville- Henry County travels to Northwest Friday night for District 10-AAA basketball. The Lady Patriots tip at 6pm, followed by the Patriots. If you can’t make the trip to Clarksville listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com or on your phone by calling 563-999-3349 just remember standard rates will apply.

Paris City Commission Passes Amended Beer Sales Ordinance

Commissioners approve the amended beer sales ordinance city-wide on 1st reading (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session Thursday night at the Chamber of Commerce and approved a resolution to lift the proximity restrictions for selling beer for restaurants in the Paris City limits after a recommendation from the City’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The issue was discussed by the City Commission in January and they sought beer board recommendation for allowing restaurants with 55% food sales to sale beer even if they are 150 feet within a church, playground, school, or public park. City Manager Kim Foster said the issue has come up several times in the past, especially when restaurants seek to locate downtown.

Later in January at the beer board meeting, beer board members said the restrictions shouldn’t just be lifted for downtown, but for the entire City limits as to not show favoritism.

The passage of the resolution now allows the sale of beer for all restaurants in the City of Paris as long as 55% of their sales come from food. Taverns and bars still must follow the proximity restrictions. A 2nd reading and final passage will occur at the March meeting.

Retail Sales Continue Upward Trent for City of Paris

Paris, Tenn.- City Finance Director Traci Shannon told Commissioners Thursday night that retail sales continue on the upward trend as the month of November showed an increase of 7.87% compared to November 2016. Retail sales year to date for the City have increased 6.43%.

Shannon told the commission that halfway thru this current fiscal year both revenues and expenditures are slightly under budget. Revenues did exceed expenditures in December and fiscal year to date for both the General Fund and Solid Waste.

December also saw the City collect close to half of the amount budgeted as far as property tax collections. 21 new part time employees were hired for the Paris Henry County Youth Basketball league season and 21 business licenses were issued.

Of the business licenses issued new businesses include El Antojo Mexican Grill, Budget Home Improvement, Maebell’s LLC, Patterson Towing, Denton Towning, Phases to Freedom, the Old Paris 5 and 10, and Heather’s Street Food Truck, which moved from a minimal to a standard business license.

City of Paris Increases Assets, Achieves Clean Audit

Matt Wood of ATA gives a brief summary of the City's Audit. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners heard a presentation on the City’s Audit from Matt Wood, CPA of Alexander, Thompson, Arnold. Wood said the City increased capital assets about $2.2M in the past year. Increases in Government balances were realized in the net position. The General Fund increased to $2.53M, over $736K more than last year which is very good according to Wood. Overall is was a great audit and there were no findings or big issues.

Changes Made to Policy and Procedures in Police Dept.

Paris, Tenn.- In other business Thursday night, the City Commission approved a resolution amending the Police Department’s rules and procedures. The resolution added policy regarding employee reimbursement to the City for all the uniform, equipment, medical exams, sending them to the Academy and recruit training.

City Manager Kim Foster discussed how a new hire at the Police Department should reimburse the City for a portion of those cost associated with becoming a new officer if they leave employment with the City within a specific time frame. Foster said they took a model policy from MTAS and City attorney Fred McLean drafted a policy. If a new hire leaves within the first year they must reimburse the city for all the cost. After the first year the reimbursement is prorated.

Comm. Passes Ordinance to Raise Purchase Amount

Paris, Tenn.-Commissioners passed an ordinance to raise the City’s purchase amount requiring public bids from $10K to $25K. The state legislature gave municipalities the authority to increase the threshold over which public advertisement and sealed competitive bids or proposals are required to $25K back in May of last year. This ordinance changes the City of Paris’s threshold for requiring bids from $10 to $25K. Anything under that price can be approved without the ads or bid process.

The City Commission passed an ordinance increasing the number of members on the Alcoholic Beverage Control board from 3 to 5. City Manager Kim Foster said with only 3 on the board, it is sometimes hard to maintain a quorum. Two more members will be added.

Commission Hears Ideas to Put in Cemetery Policies 

Comm. Jackie Jones tells commissioners she likes the idea of a policy for cemetery upkeep. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Parks Director Tony Lawrence talked with the Commission Thursday night in regards to instituting a policy regarding upkeep of City cemeteries. Currently there are no policies regarding what can and cannot be placed in and on the ground around gravesites owned by the City, except at Hillcrest, which had a policy in place before the City acquired it last year.

Lawrence said we’d like to take Hillcrest’s rules and import those city wide at cemeteries over a period of time. He said we won’t take anything out of the cemeteries, but from now on when we sale a new plot, we would have some rules in place to keep them nice and neat. He said we would place signs around letting people know the rules. Lawrence said, “we just want to make the cemeteries as nice as possible, current things of course would be grandfathered in, but this is just to help going forward keep our cemeteries from being messy.”

The Commission gave Lawrence the ok to go ahead and draft a policy and bring it back to the commission next month.

City Comm. Hears Updates on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster went over the status of various projects Thursday night including discussing that an old Gas Distributor located near Barton Field with a building on the property was of interest to the City. The concrete building and gas tanks are under grown up brush and the property was on the recent tax sale the county had in November. No one wanted the property and it reverted back to the County. Foster said the Paris Police Department is interested in the building for use of storing confiscated vehicles for drug busts.

Foster said we just need to let the county know before their meeting later this month if we are interested in the land and building. Commissioners gave Foster and Mayor Gerrell the go ahead to be in discussion and look at costs for enivormental studies and other preliminary things for the land. Bestway Oil was the most recognized name of the former gas distribution company that was housed in this spot years ago.

City Hall renovations are ongoing with the business office being complete by next week. Demolition has begun for Phase 3 which includes the two offices at the lobby at breakroom. All renovations should be done by late March.

Foster said the initial meetings were held with downtown property owners in regards to the Tennessee Department of Economic Development Façade Grant in the amount of $100K that the City was awarded in January. She said it was well attended and we felt we explained the process well. The applications are due to the state by February 18th.

The Energy Efficiency Project with Trane continues with the changeover in the street lights to LED lights 60% complete. The sub-contractor on the lights, E & W Electric, plans to add a second crew to start retrofitting the decorative lights around town.

Rotary Club Learns About The Shed

Sgt. Michelle Brewer comes to the podium to talk about The Shed (David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- It’s hard to imagine that here in Henry County a working family can be living in a situation where there’s no food, no beds, no eating utensils much less food to put on a table but that is what Michelle Brewer SRO officer for Paris Elementary School has seen on more than one occasion.

Speaking to the Paris Rotary Club, Sgt. Brewer described the new “shed” a 30 x 50 building at the Henry County Sheriffs office replaced a much smaller unit that had been used for a few years. Brewer, was introduced by her sister, Randi French County Trustee. The growth of the shed according to Sheriff Monte Belew, has been due to the efforts of Brewer. Belew also told members in attendance that the shed has been an idea in fruition that was an outgrowth of the SRO program. Information can be found on their Facebook page. www.facebook.com/theshed.

Petty cash donations for the day were donated amounting to more than 650 dollars.

         

Puryear Man Dies After Falling Out of Kayak at Gray's Landing

Stewart County, Tenn.- A Henry County man died after falling out of his kayak Wednesday afternoon. Christopher Haller, age 40 of Puryear was not wearing a life jacket, according to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officer Joe Campbell when he fell out of a kayak at Gray’s Landing on the Stewart County side of Kentucky Lake. A life jacket was attached to the kayak.

A bystander at Gray’s Landing heard Haller’s distress yelling and called 911. Stewart County Fire and Rescue, Stewart County EMS, Stewart County Sheriff’s Office, US Forest Service, and TWRA responded to the scene. A Stewart County Fire Rescue boat found the overturned kayak and Haller who had made it back to the kayak but was already unresponsive. He was pronounced dead after being transferred to Henry County Medical Center. TWRA is continuing to investigate the incident.

Officer Campbell said the air temperatures were in the upper 50s, but the water temperature was around 41 degrees and a strong south wind created some choppy waters.

Officer Campbell said, “as we transition from winter to spring boaters need to remember the temperatures of the water are still cold and could cause hypothermia even on warmer days. Also everyone on the boat should always wear a life jacket.”

Man Charged With Evading Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Wayne Fuqua of the Henry County Sheriff's Office charged Angel Ray Gutierrez, age 42, of 11 Woodland Acres, for evading arrest, driving on revoked, and leaving the scene of an accident. The report stated Sgt. Fuqua heard the call from Paris Police about a hit and run and began to pursue along with Paris Police Lt. Josh Frey. They caught up with the victim and the suspect on Hwy. 641 N. After activing blue lights, the suspect, Gutierrez, refused to stop and pursuit continued to the Lighthouse Ministries parking lot in Puryear where the pulled over. Gutierrez was placed on $8500 bond.

In a separate incident, Cody R. Brundige, of Dresden was arrested at the Weakley County jail for aggravate arson. He was placed on $200K bond.

Urgent Need for Blood Donors as Lifeline is at FUMC Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church Thursday from Noon to 6pm. Due to January’s snow, 13 blood drives across West Tennessee couldn’t be held so there is a current urgent need for all blood types. The West Tennessee blood center is behind about 480 pints of blood from the loss of blood drives.

All donors need to bring photo ID when giving blood and if you donate blood you can receive a free long sleeve T-shirt and register for a Gatlinburg Spring Trip.

VITA Site Opens Tues. to Help With Tax Returns

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, or VITA continues to take appointments offering free help with your tax returns with Certified Tax Preparers. Carole Walsh, VITA Site Coordinator, and others will open the VITA Site Tuesday February 6th at Atkins Porter and will run the site all Tuesdays in February and March. Appointments are being taken for those dates during the hours of 9am and 4:30pm.

Anyone who is a senior citizen or disabled are welcome to came have their taxes prepared along with anyone with income up to $59K. The taxes will be done free of charge. E-filing and Earned Income Credit along with special credits will all be done as well.

Appointments can be made by calling 642-4178 but they ask for no phone calls on Tuesdays as they are preparing tax returns then. Walk-ins will be welcome, but those with appointments will be given priority.

When you come to VITA to have your taxes prepared please bring proof of identification, a copy of last year’s return if available, daycare information if you paid for some of it during the year, 1095-A forms for the Affordable Care Act Health insurance, social security cards for you, spouse, and dependents, birth dates, W-2s, 1099s, and other forms from employers, interest and dividend statements, bank routing information, charity donations, and any other pertinent tax information.

Young Artists Showcase Opens with Awards Reception Sun.

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council invites everyone to the opening reception of the 2nd Annual Young Artists Showcase at 2pm this Sunday February 4th at Lee Academy for the Arts.

Lee Academy for the Arts will be filled with artwork of the many talented young artists in the community. Light refreshments will be served and the awards ceremony will take place in the Lunchroom at Lee. For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955 or visit the website www.phcarts.com.

Paris City Comm. To Meet at Chamber Thurs. 5pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will meet in regular session Thursday at 5pm at the Chamber of Commerce on Wood St. City Hall is still being renovated so the place of the meeting has changed. Items on the agenda include discussion of the recommendation from the Beer Board to allow all restaurants in the City limits sell beer removing the proximity ordinance, discussion on policies for maintaining the cemeteries, adding two new members to the beer board, and the audit report. The meeting is open to the public.

Two Arrested While Searching for Wanted Man

Paris, Tenn.- Two people were arrested at a Woodland Drive residence after Sgt. Brian Davis, Cpl. Blake Jenkins, and Dep. Kyle Waldron of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office went to find Justin Hughes, who was wanted on Failure to Appear Warrants.

At the residence, Donald Lee Hughes, age 50, answered the door and denied Justin Hughes being at the residence. Cpl. Jenkins and Sgt. Davis informed Donald he would be charged with accessory after the fact if Justin was found. Minutes later, Dep. Waldron did find and apprehend Justin Hughes. Cpl. Jenkins observed Donald walking away and told him to stop. After a few repeated times telling Donald to stop and him refusing a taser was used. Donald was charged with accessory after the fact and resisting arrest. He was placed on $10K bond.

Monday Shooting Victim in Stable Condition

Paris, Tenn.- The victim from Monday’s shooting, Lorenzo Higgs, was last reported to be in stable condition. He was sent to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after being shot once Monday afternoon. Tyrone Harris was arrested by Paris Police and Sheriff’s Office deputies a short time after the incident.

Local Communities Receive CDBG Grant Monies

Paris Gets $100K in Facade Improvements for Downtown

Nashville- The cities of Paris, Erin, McKenzie, Martin, and Waverly along with Houston and Stewart Counties were each part of the $25.5M awarded in 66 Community Development Block Grants that were announced by Governor Haslam and Economic and Community Development Director Bob Rolfe on Tuesday.

The CDBG’s assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives, and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts.

The allocation of the funds is based on priorities set thru the public meeting process at the local community level. Governor Haslam said, “by investing in themselves, these communities are taking steps to create better working and living environments for their citizens, and helping Tennessee lead in economic development, putting us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Paris received the Commercial Façade Improvements Grant of $100K to help with downtown district renovations and improvements. The local match is $33K. The grant is available to Main Street and Tennessee Downtown Communities, which the City of Paris is part of. The money can be used for new awnings, signs, painting, building repair, and other upgrades. The City has already met with downtown property owners and went over the process.

Erin received $525K in the CDBG for Sewer System Improvements with a match of $3.75M. Houston County received $315K in CDBG funds for hospital renovations and the local match is $35K.

Martin received the $100K Commercial Façade grant with a local match of $33K and a Sewer System Improvement grant for $511,200 with a local match of $56,800. McKenzie received $525K for sewer system improvements with a local match of $58,333. Waverly also received $525K for Water System improvements, with a match of $263,375. Stewart County was awarded a grant of $391,392 for Water System improvements with a local match of $58,483.

Rossview Sweeps Henry County at Home in District Play

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County was swept by Rossview at home Tuesday night in District 10-AAA basketball. The Lady Patriots lost 66-63. Gracie Osbron had 34 points in the loss. The Patriots lost 67-49 and James King had 25 points. Henry County will travel to Northwest on Friday night.

Evening of Chocolate Delight Planned for Feb. 6th

Paris, Tenn.- The HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council and the Paris Henry County Healthcare Foundation will present an Evening of Chocolate Delight Tuesday February 6th from 5-6:30pm at the Inman Middle School Gym. The event is a fundraiser for the Caring Hearts Fund to help cancer patients.

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 get a to-go container. Bottled water will be served as well as chocolate drinks by some vendors.

The Inman Middle School Strings program will entertain and there will be a silent auction of wonderful items to bid on. Door prizes will be awarded as well.

Cost for tickets is $10 and they are available from the HCMC Women’s Advisory Council members, at the HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop, the Iron Place, and My Favorite Things. Tickets are limited to 225 guests. Walk ups at the door will only be accepted if all tickets are not sold.

Sponsors of the event include Paris Quota Club, Lakeway Kiwanis Club, Healthcare Foundation, Inman Middle School, and the Women’s Advisory Council. 20 vendors are participating this year. The Women’s Health Advisory Council will also have their chocolate fountains to dip goodies in.

The Caring Hearts Fund assists patients with a financial need to pay for medications, transportations, premiums, and co-pays while having treatment at the Cancer Care Center or Outpatient Chemotherapy.

For more information or for tickets to an Evening of Chocolate Delight call Tory Daughrity at 644-8266.

Last Day to Order HCHS Yearbooks is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- The last day to order HCHS Yearbooks is this Friday February 2nd. The school only orders the number of yearbooks that are purchased and doesn’t order extras. Yearbooks are delivered in May with a school-wide signing party on delivery day for those who have a book. To order go to www.balfour.com and enter Henry County High in the search field. Again deadline to order yearbooks is this Friday February 2nd. Call the high school for more information.

DECA Students Do Well at Regionals; Qualify for State

Paris, Tenn.- Several Henry County High School DECA students recently competed at Regional competitions and have qualified for State in Chattanooga in March.

1st Place:
Kester Nucum, Marketing Communications
Joseph Crichton, Principles of Business Management

3rd Place:
Caleb Orr, Business Finance
Alex Coffield & Dalton Dyer, Buying & Merchandising Team Event
Zach Hutson & Natalie Rice, Marketing Management

4th Place:
JT Lagace, Human Resources
Jonathan Alexander, Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Other State Qualifiers:
Savannah Hunt & Natalie Clark, Public Relations Project
Kelby Lewis & Hailey Hixson, Start-up Business Plan
Nathan Beasley, Business Services

Firefighters Battle Blaze that Destroyed a Home on Hwy 79 on Tuesday


Firefighters battle the blaze(Cassie Walsh photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Shortly after 1:30pm on Tuesday afternoon , Fire Department units from the Henry Volunteer Fire Department and the City of Paris Fire Department along with Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a house that was fully engulfed in flames at 4925 Hwy 79, just South of Kenny’s Meat Market. The Board of Public Utilities were also on the scene to deal with any electrical problems caused by the fire.


Firefighters battle the blaze as wind gusts caused the fire to spread. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles as firefighters fought the blaze and wind gusts. As of 2:30pm firefighters were still on the scene battling the blaze. Police said that the house appeared to be unoccupied at the time the fire occurred. 


(Cassie Walsh photos)

More information regarding the cause of the fire will be released once the report is made public. The house was deemed a total loss.

Several Henry County Students Do Well at UTM Honor Band Comp.

Dianne Littrell photo

Martin, Tenn.- Several Henry County students earned top chair placements at the 39th Annual UT-Martin Honor Band. These students were chosen out of over 800 applicants to participate. The students auditioned for chair placements and rehearsed music with other students in our region and were led by nationally renown music educators. The students performed in concert Saturday afternoon in the Fulton Theater on UT-Martin's campus. 

Lakewood Middle School:
Taylor Boase - 1st Chair Oboe
Jack Kibbler - 7th Chair Tuba
Tori Fletcher - 5th Chair French Horn
Abby Reed - 6th Chair French Horn
Suzie Chau - 7th Chair Flute
Samantha Wynn - 6th Chair Trombone

Harrelson Middle School:
Thomas Holcomb- 1st Chair Percussion
Landen Dougherty- 2nd Chair Alto Saxophone

Henry Middle School:
Jake Davis- 6th Chair Percussion

Henry County High School:
Michael Bertouille - Symphonic Band 4th Chair Trombone
Claire Burns - Concert Band 1st Chair Oboe
Abigail Littrell - Concert Band 2nd Chair Alto Saxophone
Mireille Loftquist - Concert Band 12th Chair Clarinet
Aaron MacDonald - Wind Ensemble 9th Chair Trumpet
Garrett McKinney - Symphonic Band 7th Chair Percussion
Emma Walters - Wind Ensemble 6th Chair Trumpet
Luke Weatherly - Wind Ensemble 1st Chair Trombone

City Business Office Closed Friday at City Hall

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris business office at City Hall will be closed all day this Friday February 2nd due to the renovation project that is currently underway. City Manager Kim Foster said, “for the last month the business office has been serving the public from the courtroom at City Hall while their offices have been renovated and we will move back into their updated offices during the day Friday. The Police Department Records Office as well as all emergency services will remain open and fully operational.

2017 HCHS FB Team Honored at 90th Annual Lions Club Banquet

Paris, Tenn.- A large crowd was on hand Monday night to honor the 2017 Henry County Patriot Football team and see Caleb McCutcheon win the Lion’s Club Most Outstanding Player Award at the 90th annual Paris Lion’s Club Henry County Football Banquet held at the Henry County Fairgrounds Commercial Building. 

Other award winners from last night’s banquet were; Academic Award Sophomore Ben Murphy (100.583 GPA) Junior Nick Metzinger (98.225 GPA) and Senior Grey Gardner (99.913 GPA). 

Region 7 5-A honors went to Lukas Reynolds-Offensive MVP, Sam Murphy-Lineman/Tight End Of The Year, Samari Rack-Defensive Lineman Of The Year, Baily Armas-Placekicker Of The Year and Nathaniel Owens-Offensive Lineman Of The Year. 

Members of the First Team Region 7-5A All-Region Team were Savon Stewart, Caleb McCutcheon, Isaiah Johnson, Paxton Pierpoint, Tavion Kendley and Ethan Thompson. 

Members of the Second Team Region 7-5A All-Region Team were Caleb Orr, Alex Coffield, Seven Stewart, Will Parrish and Hunter Goodman.

Iron Patriot Award (players who did not miss a summer workout) winners were Zach Hutson, Caleb McCutcheon, Austin Watkins, Nathaniel Owens, Hunter Goodman, Sam Murphy, Dalton Dyer, Grey Gardner, Paxton Pierpoint, Mason Wood, Jacob Knott, De’andre Burton, Jaylen Bennett, Alex Coffield, Drew James, Samari Rack and Kane Hendon.     

The Patriots finished the season with a 9-4 overall record and again went undefeated in Region 7 5-A with a record of 6-0. The Patriots made it to the Third round of the TSSAA State Football Play-offs in 2017.

HCHS Hosts Rossview Tues.; Baseball Chili Supper 5-7pm

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Rossview Tuesday night at Gamlin Gym for District 10-AAA basketball. The Lady Pats tip at 6pm, followed by men’s action. If you can’t make the game listen to our broadcast at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com or via your phone by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

The Henry County Patriot Baseball team will hold their chili supper Tuesday night as well from 5-7pm. It’s chili, chips, desert, and drink for $8 and proceeds go to the baseball booster club for the team. Tickets are sold at the door.

PPD, HCSO Partnering with THSO on SAFE Campaign in 2018

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department and Henry County Sheriff’s Office are partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for the 5th annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone, or SAFE Campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage throughout the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE Campaign starts February 1st and runs until August 1st.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “it’s my goal to have zero fatal accidents and keep injury accidents to a minimum. If you are in a motor vehicle in the City of Paris, please wear your seatbelt.”

Sheriff Monte Belew said, “the sheriff’s office will conduct a concentrated effort to monitor and enforce seatbelt usage to ensure the safety of motorists traveling roadways in Henry County, we want our highways as safe as possible.”

2018 is the 5th year of the campaign and last year the following results came from the extra enforcement: 1480 child restraint violations, over 16,500 seat belt citations, and 835 other enforcement activities around seatbelts.

In Tennessee, a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities tend to occur between 6pm and 6am. Historically, around 50% of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly 60% when nighttime crashes are examined. Special attention will be given to nighttime seatbelt enforcement during the SAFE campaign this year.

For more information about the THSO, visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.

20 Year Old Man Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder

Paris, Tenn.- A man is in jail on attempted first degree murder charges after Paris Police responded to a shooting incident Monday afternoon. A press release from Capt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department stated units responded to Washington Courts Apartments on a person being shot.

Investigation revealed that an incident began in one of the apartments and continued outside with a victim being shot once in the arm while sitting in vehicle parked outside near the apartment. Another subject was also inside the car, but wasn't injured in the shooting. The suspect was chased away from the apartment complex by the victim's step brother and police were called to the scene.

Paris Police with assistance from Henry County Sheriff's Office deputies located the suspect, Tyrone D. Harris, age 20, in a field just south of Knotts Food on Washington St. Harris was charged with attempted first degree murder and possession of schedule 6 with intent. Capt. Watson said the incident is still under investigation and other charges are pending.

The condition of the victim is not known at this time, he was sent to Vanderbilt for further treatment.

Deputies for the Hungry Give Away Rifle Mon. Morning

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputies for the Hungry program gave away a 50 caliber CVA muzzleloader and a Ruger 308 deer rifle Monday morning. The drawing was held on Facebook live. 

The winner of the muzzleloader was Brandon Bethune and the winner of the rifle was Mitch Hobby. The muzzleloader was donated by Jamie Orr of Wells Fargo Advisors and the rifle was donated by Henry County Commissioner Kreg Kyle. Each time someone donated a deer to the program they received a chance to win one of these two guns. We appreciate Jamie and Kreg’s support as well as all the deer hunters in Henry County that made this program such a success. We were able to process 177 deer this year.

5 Members of Paris Swim Team Quailfy for Regional Champ.

Nashville- The Henry County High School Swim Team had 5 members qualify for the Regional Championships in Nashville on Friday January 26th.

Emma Hill - 50 free, 100 Free

Shelby Summers 50 Free, 100 Breast

Meredith Roberson 50 Free, 100 Butterfly

Hunter Lawrence 50 Free, 200 Free

Cole Davis 50 Free, 100 Free

This was the first season for the Paris Swim Team, Harrison Cook is also on the swim team. We look forward to growing the team next year. Emma Hill qualified for the State qualifier in the 50 Free style.

New Henry County High team records are

Women

50 Free  26.75 - Emma Hill  -State Qualifier

100 Free 101.02 Emma Hill

200 Free 2:20.11 Emma Hill

100 Breast 1:23.92 Shelby Summers

100 Butterfly 1:18.58 Meredith Roberson

100 Back 1:11.89 Emma Hill


Men

50 Free 24.65 Cole Davis

100 Free 55.63 Hunter Lawrence

200 Free 2:04.81 Hunter Lawrence

100 Breast 1:15.48 Hunter Lawrence

100 Butterfly 1:07.72 Hunter Lawrence

100 Back 1:09.32 Cole Davis

500 Free 5:50 .95 Hunter Lawrence

Reminder: Health Screenings for Seniors Tues. at Central School

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and the Henry County Office on Aging will be conducting free health screenings for seniors in the Community on Tuesday January 30th.

Tests to be conducted include A1C, Blood Sugar, Total Lipid Panel, Blood Pressure, and osteoporosis foot screenings. The test are free thanks to a grant received by HCMC to conduct these services with senior citizens.

Testing will be 8:30am to 10am on January 30th at the Central Community Service Building, 55 Jones Bend Road in the cafeteria.

Seniors who want to take part in the screenings must not eat anything after midnight on Monday January 29th. Once your testing is done, the Office on Aging will provide snacks of peanut butter and crackers and orange juice.

Man Cited After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police Department issued citations for Nathan Jordan, age 20 of 9595 Hwy. 641N. after a traffic stop this weekend. Lt. Frey stopped the vehicle for speeding and then asked the driver, later identified as Jordan, to step out of the vehicle due to it taking him a while to pull over. Jordan was found with 2 syringes on his person and further search found marijuana and some pills with no prescription. Citations were issued for speeding, two counts of simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Quota Club Welcomes Rebecca Griffey as Guest Speaker

Rebecca Griffey speaks to Quota. (Martha McFadden photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club kicked off 2018 last week with Rebecca Griffey, ADA for the 24th District as the guest speaker. Griffey covers Henry, Benton, Carroll, Decatur, and Hardin Counties. Griffey discussed several areas their offices cover including child support and foster care. She told Quota members teen pregnancy continues to be an issue in Henry County with high numbers and their office would also soon be focusing on animal abuse cases as well.

The Quota Club welcomed new member Becky Allen and reminded members pecans are still available for $10 per bag.

HCMC Lunch to Learn Seminar Set for Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center will hold a Lunch to Learn Seminar about the Health of our Community and future growth of HCMC. The seminar will be on Tuesday January 30th at 12 Noon in classrooms 2 and 3. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:30am. Seating is limited so you must RSVP by calling 644-3463 to reserve a spot.

HCMC CEO Lisa Casteel will present the program about the health of the community and how HCMC helps to impact community health through services and growth.

UTM Students To Attend Superbowl 52

Martin, Tenn.- A dozen students from the University of Tennessee at Martin will work behind-the-scenes during Super Bowl LII, Feb. 4, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The group, led by Dr. Dexter Davis, associate professor of sport business at UT Martin, is the fifth and largest UT Martin cohort to receive first-hand, real-world experience at one of the largest sporting events in the world.

Previous years have seen a maximum of nine students participate in the experience, but additional students are attending this year at the request of the National Football League. “The NFL has asked us to bring (12 students) because they like what our students do and how they do it,” said Davis. “I think that shows the growth of this program.”

This is Davis’ 13th Super Bowl, where he works with On Location Experiences, the NFL’s official hospitality company, to coordinate player appearances during and after the game. UT Martin students will assist Davis by providing hospitality services to visiting players and escorting players between event venues. Students will also assist with post-game activities, including an on-field experience for VIP NFL guests.

Students participating in the trip are Austin Barber, a sophomore from Bradford; Leah Barnett, a junior from Parsons; Alyson Brown, a senior from Pinson; Leighton Chappell, a sophomore from Flushing, Michigan; Ashley Coots, a senior from Fairview; Tristan Cost, a sophomore from Nunnelly; Zane Cox, a junior from Fremont, Ohio; Colten Daugherty, a senior from Nunnelly; Houston Downey, a senior from Pegram; Kathryn Reece, a junior from Louisburg, Kansas; Brianna Rinker, a senior from South Fulton; and Sara Taylor, a senior from Jackson.

For more information on the trip or the UT Martin sport business program, housed in the College of Business and Global Affairs, contact Davis at ddavis78@utm.edu.

MSU to Host Math Day Jan. 30th

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University’s department of mathematics and statistics will host Math Day 2018 on Jan. 30. High school students and teachers from the University’s 18-county service region will gather on campus for a day of math competitions and math-related activities. The event will include 11 high schools and 257 registered students and faculty. 

"Mathematics is problem solving and encompasses much more than what one sees in algebra and calculus,” said Dr. Ed Thome, chair of the mathematics and statistics department. “Participation in Math Day will open the door to some of these areas and give some insight into what students can do with mathematics and how to get there.”
 
Students participating in Math Day will begin the morning with a math competition consisting of two different exams. The lower-level exam, geared toward freshman and sophomore students, will include algebra and geometry questions. The upper-level exam for juniors and seniors will contain  trigonometry questions in addition to other upper-level high school material, such as calculus, probability and statistics. A team competition will take place during the event as students work in teams to complete as many hands-on math-related activities as possible in the time allotted. 
 
Awards will be given to the top-performing students on each exam level, to the top-performing teams in the team competition and to the top-performing school overall. Additionally, the top three juniors and seniors in the upper-level exam will be eligible for a scholarship from the mathematics and statistics department at Murray State.
 
Students will also take part in the Second Annual Jesse D. Jones Lecture Series — titled “What Can I Actually Do with a Math Degree?” — that will feature a panel of students, faculty and alumni. During the panel, high school students will be able to ask questions about pursuing a career in mathematics.
 
“The response to Math Day at Murray State has been overwhelmingly positive within our 18-county service region,” said Dr. Steve Cobb, dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “This event would not be possible without the efforts of Dr. Elizabeth Donovan, event coordinator; Dr. Ed Thome, department chair; and all of the mathematics faculty who played a role in planning and organizing the day’s activities. We are also extremely grateful to Dr. Jesse D. Jones for his support in making this event possible.”
 
Math Day 2018 at Murray State University is funded by Dr. Jesse D. Jones; the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the department of mathematics and statistics; and the student chapter of Murray State’s Association for Women in Mathematics. Visit murraystate.edu/mathday for additional information.

Two People Arrested for DUI and Two Other People Arrested on Driving Offenses

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Trooper Garrett Flannery arrested Ryan Daugherty, age 26 of McKelvy Road of Camden, for his 3rd DUI offense, violation of the implied consent law, driving on a revoked license and felony theft over $10,000. Daugherty was placed on $10,000 bond.

Trooper Flannery also arrested Felicia George-Garcia, age 30 of Hwy 79 South of Paris, for DUI first offense. George-Garcia was placed on $1,500 bond.

In other reports, two people were arrested on driving offenses over the weekend. Sgt. Wayne Fuqua arrested Bobby Caldwell, age 56 of Carver Street of Baytown, TX, for driving on a revoked license. Caldwell was placed on $500 bond.

Paris Police Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. arrested Timothy Dunlap, age 49 of John Lee Drive of Paris, for driving on a revoked license. Dunlap was placed on $200 bond.

Get Your Tickets for Dancing and Fun at the Madri Gras Ball Set for February 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Heritage Center will be presenting the Mardi Gras Ball dinner and dancing with “Magi of Memphis” on Saturday, February 10th at the Paris Convention Center, located behind the Quality Inn in Paris.  Dinner will start at 6pm and music will begin at 7pm.

Tickets cost $40 per person and you can also get $5 off your ticket price if you purchase your tickets before Thursday, February 1st. You can purchase tickets at Lura Lee’s of Paris, Cadillac Jacks and at the Heritage Center. For more information you can call 642-1080.                     

Two Mississippi People Arrested for Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Ptl. Daniel Andres arrested Henry Dalehite, age 55, and Carol Poster, age 48, both of Hopper Drive of Horn Lake MS, for public intoxication.

Dalehite and Poster were each placed on $3,000 bond.

Two Henry Men Arrested on Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Charges

Henry, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Dalton Watson arrested Jeremy Martin, age 41, and James Mitchell, age 42, both  of Macedonia Road of Henry, for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mitchell and Martin were each placed on $1,000 bond.

Patriots and Lady Patriots Get Wins Over Waverly

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Waverly Lady Tigers at home on Saturday 63 to 32. Gracie Osbron led the Lady Patriots with 15 points. The Lady Patriots are now 18-4 overall on the season and 10-1 in district action.

The Henry County Patriots defeated the Waverly Tigers at home on Saturday 70 to 66. James King led the Patriots with 20 points.The  Patriots are now 9-13 overall on the season and  4-7 in district action.

Police Investigate Theft from a Home in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- According to report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy James Higgins investigated theft from a home on Jones Bend Road in Cottage Grove.

In the report, the victim stated that sometime during the past two weeks someone had entered his family’ s equipment barn and stolen two chain saws valued at $1,900. Nothing else was stolen from the barn. Police have no suspects in this case.  

Springville Man Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office,  Paris Police Investigator Derrek Colley arrested Joshua Robbins, age 28 of Winsett Road of Springville, for possession of a schedule II and schedule VI substance with intent, simple possession of a schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked license. Robbins was placed on $50,000 bond.

Patriots and Lady Patriots Get District Wins Over Montgomery Central

Cunningham, Tenn.- In District 10-AAA action, the Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Montgomery Central Lady Indians in Cunningham on Friday 69-31. Gracie Osbron led the Lady Patriots with 17 points. The Lady Patriots are now 17-4 overall on the season and 10-1 in district action.

In District 10-AAA action, the Henry County Patriots defeated the Montgomery Central  Indians in Cunningham on Friday 71 to 61. James King and Evann Boley led the Patriots with 20  points.The  Patriots are now 8-13 overall on the season and 4-7 in district action.

The Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots will face the Waverly Tigers and Lady Tigers at home on Saturday, January 27th. The pregame show will begin at 5:30pm and the girl’s game will tip off at 6pm with the boys game to follow.

If you can’t make the game, you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com or by calling 563-999-3349, just remember standard rates apply.

Police Arrest One Person for Assault and Another for Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Michael Ramos arrested Melissa Bailey, age 50 of Scarbrough Lane of Buchanan, for assault. Bailey was placed on $1,000 bond. Bailey was also served with a no trespassing order.

Ptl. Johnathan Baxter arrested Joe Thomas, age 30 of Antioch Harbor Road of Springville, for public intoxication and vandalism. Thomas was placed on $5,000 bond.

HC Republican Party Caucus Set for Sat. Feb. 10th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Republican Party will hold the Henry County Republican Party Caucus on Saturday, February 10th at KPAC.

Registration will begin at 9am and the event will begin at 10am. Registered Republican Voters are encouraged to attend this important and informative caucus meeting. For more information please call Garry Phillips at ​​731-336-0824.  

Henry School Wears Marshall County Colors to Show Support

Henry, Tenn.- Teachers, staff, and students at Henry Elementary School wore blue and orange on Friday, the colors of Marshall County High School to show their support for the community of Benton, Ky. which suffered from the tradgedy earlier this week. Henry Principal David Kibbler said, "we want to send prayers and love to the students of Marshall County as they resume classes today by wearing their colors, even the sky over Henry this morning was blue and orange!" (Henry School photos) (Sky photo- Travis Kibbler)

Paris Rotary Club Learns About 2nd Harvest Food Bank

Paris, Tenn.- Donna Vick, Development Manager West for Second Harvest Food Bank (pictured above) addressed the Paris Rotary Club on Thursday at Lee School.  Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee has served middle Tennessee and 14 counties of Western region 9 of which are in West Tennessee. 

Ground breaking on the building shown in our picture was held on December 18 in the Benton County Industrial Park in Camden. The new facility will be over 25,000 square feet in size and will contain a walk in freezer, dry food materials area and meeting/training room and should open in the summer or early fall of this year.  Volunteers are always needed. 

Last year volunteers contributed over 80,000 hours of volunteer service.  2017 information shows that 1 in 7 people, including 1 in 5 children, struggles with hunger in Middle Tennessee.  Second Harvest provides service for a 46 county area covering 20,712 square miles. 

Local Partner Agencies including Sulphur Well Church of Christ, First United Methodist Church, Lakeside Christian Fellowship, New Harmony Baptist Church and Paris First Church of the Nazarene assist with the distribution of foods to individuals.  Special distributions are provided on different days. 

Individuals in need can contact Second Harvest on the webpage at secondharvestmidtn.org.  Second Harvest can provide 4 meals for every dollar donated.  .96 cents of each dollar goes directly to feeding programs.

County Unemployment Rates End 2017 Relatively Low

Nashville- County Unemployment rates for December were released Thursday by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The rate remained low throughout the Volunteer State, 5.0% or less in a majority of the 95 counties.

A couple of counties in our listening area did appear on the higher end of the spectrum as Houston and Benton Counties both came in with unemployment rates over 5% at 5.5 for Houston County and 5.1 for Benton County. Houston County’s rate is up from November, but down from December’s rate in 2016 as is Benton County’s rate.

Henry County had an unemployment rate of 4.0% in December, down from 4.2% in November and down from 6.3% in December of 2016. The numbers equate to 550 of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 13,780 looking for work in December.

Carroll County’s December unemployment rate came in a 4.4% as 520 of their estimated labor force of 11,790 were seeking work. Carroll County’s rate in November was 4.6% and December 2016 it was 6.9%.

Weakley County’s rate for this past December was 3.7% and Stewart County’s came in at 4.6% Both of those are down from November and from December of 2016.

Overall the rate decreased from November to December in 77 of the 95 counties. For more information on county unemployment rates and help for those seeking work visit jobs4tn.com.

HCMC BOT Learn Total Knee No Longer Inpatient Only

CEO Lisa Casteel discusses Total Knee surgery improvements. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday night and CEO Lisa Casteel told board members the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services removed total knee arthroplasty (TKA) from its inpatient only listing meaning patients can now either be inpatient or outpatient. Casteel said patients will not automatically qualify for inpatient status, stay, and continuing treatment in a skilled facility for therapy treatment. She said they will need qualifying conditions for the inpatient services. TKAs account for 10% of the orthopedic cases for HCMC, about 220 cases per year.

Casteel said they’ve seen so many advances in the medical field with robotics and technology we know have less total days of stay after total knee surgeries. More and more surgical cases are changing for the better in that way.

Casteel informed trustees the medical center will file for disease specific certification for total knee and total hip elective joint replacement with the Joint Commission. The benefits of certification include: commitment to a higher standard of serve; provides a framework for organizational structure; provides a competitive edge in the marketplace; enhances staff recruitment and development; and is recognized by insurers and other third parties.

Casteel told the board January’s snowstorm brought emergent management of services to meet customer’s needs and maintaining safety for all. She said we closed several of our off-site locations and provided information that services were available at the main hospital location. EMS resources were also maintained within the community by limiting transports to emergency only and Jackson only.

Facilty Upgrades to Be Priority at HCMC Next Few Months

Paris, Tenn.- Chief Financial Officer Dale Guffey went over capital requests Thursday night and told trustees the roof over 2 East has a crack and water has been seeping thru to the inside. He said we are at the point where it’s time to replace it, and we have to wait for consistent warmer weather so that will likely come in March. The expected price for the roof is over $316K.

Guffey also said it was time to replace water heaters in the Tower at a cost of $235K. He said we are also looking at more roof replacement in the future and some other things that need to be done to the facility. Casteel added that over the next year or two budget wise we will be putting some money toward facility upgrades.

Trustees Learn About HCMC Marketing Campaigns

Tory Daughrity discusses marketing campaigns the medical center has done in the past year. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Director of Marketing for HCMC Tory Daughrity gave a presentation Thursday night on marketing initiatives on how to educate the public on their health and what HCMC can do for them. Daughrity said our priorities include physician practices, home health and hospices, women’s services, daVinci robot services, orthopedic, and Lakehaven.

Daughrity said we use traditional marketing such as radio, TV, billboards, print ads, flyers, direct mail, and others. Digital Marketing has really grown as well she said and we use our website, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

The presentation included a snapshot of marketing that has been done with several programs to educate the community about what all is going on and what the medical center is doing to help the community find ways to better health.

Daughrity went over some of the outcomes of targeted email, online marketing and searches and how it is all above industry standards. She said we basically doubled our database and more and more people are searching for our services via their smartphones.

Out of the marketing department, 12 Facebook pages are managed along with twitter, google plus, microsite, website, and more. Daughrity said thru community education from the marketing department we reach thousands of people each year and some revenue does come from that. Lunch to learns, community screenings and events, and other events make up some of things HCMC does to get out into the community.

In 2017, over 7K people were helped with screenings, classes, seminars, events, and other activities. Goals in 2018 include growing the market, growing our services, and improving communication between partners and physicians.  

HCMC, Office on Aging Conducting Free Screenings for Seniors

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and the Henry County Office on Aging will be conducting free health screenings for Seniors in the Community on Tuesday January 30th.

Tests to be conducted include A1C, Blood Sugar, Total Lipid Panel, Blood Pressure, and osteoporosis foot screenings. The test are free thanks to a grant received by HCMC to conduct these services with senior citizens.

Testing will be 8:30am to 10am on January 30th at the Central Community Service Building, 55 Jones Bend Road in the cafeteria.

Seniors who want to take part in the screenings must not eat anything after midnight on Monday January 29th. Once your testing is done, the Office on Aging will provide snacks of peanut butter and crackers and orange juice.

The Office on Aging will be given a prize if several people take part in the testing and there will be a sign-up to make sure people take part.

The event is open to the public. For more information, you can call Director Reginald Caldwell at 642-2919 or 644-3193.

 

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