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       From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

      Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh


Young Artist Showcase Awards and Reception Is Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will have an awards and public reception for the first ever Young Artist Showcase this Sunday February 5th at 2pm at Lee Academy for the Arts. Any artists in the Young Artist Showcase must deliver their work to Lee Academy between 10am and Noon on Saturday February 4th. Judging begins at Noon so no entries will be accepted after that.

Krider Idol Auditions Set for Saturday at PES

Paris, Tenn.- Auditions for Krider Idol are set for this Saturday February 4th at Paris Elementary School. Auditions are from 10am to 2pm. Krider Idol competition will be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center on Saturday February 25th at 7pm. Solo and group acts are welcome. Participants must be between the age of 9 and 18 to compete in Krider Idol. More information and rules about Krider Idol are on the Arts Council’s website at www.phcarts.com.

Henry County At Clarksville Fri., Host Springfield Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is on the road for District 10-AAA basketball on Friday night at Clarksville High. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. Henry County will be in action at home on Saturday afternoon against Springfield in another District game. The Lady Pats tip at 2pm on Saturday. If you can’t make either game listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming via our website at wmufradio.com. You can also listen on your phone by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates will apply.

City Approves BPU Seeking SRF for Wastewater Repairs

Tony Brown, BPU Wastewater and Water Operations Director, discusses the SRF and work on the system. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission met in regular session on Thursday for February and approved resolutions authorizing the Board of Public Utilities to seek State Revolving Fund loans to help with improvements in the wastewater collection system and at the Wastewater Treatment plant as set forth in the Consent Order and Agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation last May.

One of the loans is for $1.5M and the other is for $3.6M and will be low interest for 30 years. The BPU has already requested and the City approved a series of Wastewater rate increases to support the debt.

Tony Brown, BPU Director of Water and Wastewater Operations, said the improvements include the Johnson Park basin, improvements in the Wastewater Treatment Plant, the building of a basin to help with stormwater surges and more.

City Commissioner Terry Fuller said, "this is to help us make repairs on our aging sewer system and get us in compliance with TDEC."

City Hears Annual Audit Report

Mike Hewitt, of ATA, gives an overview of the Audit Report. (Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday's City Commission meeting, Mike Hewitt, of Alexander Thompson Arnold, gave the Audit report for the City of Paris. Hewitt thanked the City staff for their working relationship. Hewitt said ATA gave a clean opinion of the City's Audit, with no major findings for the last fiscal year.

Hewitt went over the numbers including general fund, solid waste, and the Board of Public Utilities, which is included with the City. The City has over $15M in total governmental activities. He went over all the year end totals for June 30th, 2016.

Hewitt said the City has a net increase of $1.3M in governmental activies from the last fiscal year. The City also increased their fund balance by over $710K and Hewitt said, "in these tough times, the City should be congradulated in getting that done."

City Manager Kim Foster said, "a whole lot of getting the fund balance higher and expenses lower goes to our department heads who really did a great job of cutting back in the last year."

Retail Sales See Big Jump in November

Finance Director Traci Pillow goes over financials Thurs. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Finance Director Traci Pillow updated the commission on financials as retail sales for November of 2016 showed an increase of 5.26% compared to November of the previous year. The City also remains 2.63% ahead on retail sales year to date.

Pillow reported that in December revenues exceeded expenditures by $394, 786 and are ahead year to date by $390K plus. Property tax collections in December were a huge factor in revenues being well above expenditures as the City has received about 50% of the amount expected for the collection of current property taxes.

Solid Waste revenues exceeded expenditures by $98,554 in December and are also ahead over $243K for the fiscal year to date.

The City also hired 19 part-time employees in December for the basketball program and issued three business licenses.

Water Rate Increase Approved on 2nd Reading

Paris, Tenn.- Commissioners approved the proposed Water Rate increase on 2nd reading. The increase will take effect in July 2018 and 2019 and is part of the Board of Public Utilities plan to pay for the Water Treatment Plant project. BPU General Manager Terry Wimberley spoke to commissioners last month about the plan which included increases that started in 2015. The rates will increase about $2.25 per month on the average customer in 2018 and another dollar in 2019. When all is said and done, five straight rate increases have only increased the average customer’s monthly bill about $9.22 total.

Foster Updates Commission on Ongoing Projects in City

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on several ongoing and upcoming projects the City is working on including the signalization of Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. Foster said that a rebid of the project was opened in January and Wade Electric of Jackson was awarded with the low bid, which came in at $22K less than the next lowest bid. They are now waiting on State approval to proceed.

Foster told commissioners that staff has met with interested parties concerning the alley drainage project as the plan is to do both alleys this summer. She said the next alley doesn’t have the obstacles that the first one did, but the City wanted to make sure everyone is on the same page. Plans are dependent on weather, but hopes are to begin work by April.

The planning for the third window in the Back Alley Paris project has begun. Dan Knowles and John Monroe completed the work on the 2nd window in the alley in January.

The next Preserve Paris meeting is set for 5:30pm on Tuesday February 28th at City Hall. The public will be invited to give the City feedback on the Preserve Paris program and help determine where the City should focus efforts in the future.

Foster also told commissioners that all interested shareholders with Hillcrest Cemetery have signed appropriate documents stating their desire to transfer their assets to the City and the ownership of the cemetery. The City has also received approval of the transfer from the State Department of Commerce and Insurance, and confirmation the City would be exempt from any pre-existing liability imposed by the Department. The final deed and transfer documentation is being prepared and executed now.

Comm. Approves Documentation on LED Lighting Project

Paris, Tenn.- In other business on Thursday, the Commission approved a financial advisory agreement with Raymond James Financial concerning the City’s plan to enter into a program with Trane on improving the street lights and getting a new LED lights along with a new dehumidifier for the Civic Center pool.

The Commission also approved the Mayor to sign the contract on the Tourism Enhancement Grant the City received in January and that will be used to build public restrooms at the Downtown Park. The City’s local match on the $32K grant is $15%.

Commissioners approved an amendment in the ordinance to reflect the new State definition of beer. The State of Tennessee passed legislation recently changing the definition of beer to include anything having a maximum of 8% alcohol by weight, which is up from the current weight of 5% alcohol by weight. The State’s ordinance went into effect January 1 and this brings the City’s local code into agreement.

The City Commission approved Mayor Carlton Gerrell’s appointment of Dr. Christy Minor to the City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. She replaces Bob Bowen who recently passed away.

Evening of Chocolate Delight Set for Tues. February 7th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club, Quota Club, and Rotary Club are sponsoring, “An Evening of Chocolate Delight,” this coming Tuesday February 7th at the Inman Middle School gym. Tickets are $10 and the event runs from 5pm-6:30pm.

Vendors will serve up everything chocolate in efforts to raise money to establish a fund to assist those who can’t afford mammogram screenings and need one. Ticket holders can stroll through each booth and gather their chocolate delights to enjoy with friends or take home.

Door prizes will be awarded, bottled water will be served, and the Inman Middle School Strings will perform. A silent auction will also be held. Tickets are available at the Henry County Medical Center Pink Petal Gift Shop, Iron Place, My Favorite Things, and the Chamber Of Commerce. For more information on the event call 644-8266.

Carroll County Humane Society to Sponsor Butler Bowl Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Carroll County Humane Society will hold the 2nd annual Butler Bowl at Bethel University on Saturday February 4th at 4pm. The event will be at the Baker Fieldhouse and it will be brother against brother in this epic battle of puppy playfulness. Dr. Lee Butler, along with his associates and staff at Huntingdon Animal Clinic along with Dr. Walter Butler and faculty and staff at Bethel have allowed the Humane Society to name the “puppy players” after them.

There is no admission but donations are appreciated and can be made via paypal or to the Carroll County Humane Society for your favorite puppy or person. The puppy with the most donations by event time will be named the MVP.

LBL To Commerorate Ft. Henry Battle Saturday

Land Between the Lakes, KY/TN- The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum in Land Between the Lakes will remember the 155th Anniversary of the Battle at Fort Henry with a program and walk on Saturday, February 4. Registration and full deposit for the day is required:  price is $5/adults and $3/children. Call 270-924-2020 to make your reservation.

Join invited historian, Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, at 1:30pm inside the Homeplace Theater, as she sets the stage for war “Between the Rivers.” In February of 1862, Confederate forces occupied Fort Henry as federal forces moved up the Tennessee River. The program will cover Fort Henry’s construction, battle, and legacy 155 years later.

Individuals can relive the siege with a guided walk at 3pm along the Fort Henry Trail and Confederate fortifications. Participants will drive and meet at the Fort Henry Trail. The program and walk are weather dependent.The Interpretive Center and gift shop will be open for this program; farm site will be closed.

Doors open at 12:30pm.To find more information about Land Between the Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Photos available on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/lblkytn/albums.

Henry County Receives Recycling; Used Oil Grants

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County has received a $50K grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for recycling equipment along with $5700 in a Used Oil Grant to help with recycling used oil.  The county has a local match of $15K on the recycling grant and will use the grant to purchase a 20yd Compact Truck. For the Used Oil Grant, there is no local match and the grant will be used to purchase a collection tank, canopy, pump, and absorbent.

Solid Waste Director Ron Watkins said, “we are pleased to receive these grants and the money will help our efforts in recycling.”

Watkins said the county will buy a newer model Compact Truck to go around picking up cardboard at area businesses to help with recycling. Also the Used Oil Grant will go to purchase a 375 gallon collection tank, pump, and absorbent to mix in the used oil. Watkins said the Recycling Center has ongoing used oil collection programs and have used it to heat the building this winter and save on other cost.

Wednesday TDEC announced $2,071,417 in recycling equipment, recycling rebates and used oil grants for FY 2017 projects to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee and move materials to the best highest use.

“This grant program encourages and supports local communities to meet their solid waste and recycling goals,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Local governments can divert more waste from landfills through infrastructure upgrades and providing convenient opportunities for residents to get engaged in the process.”

Recycling Equipment Grants and the Recycling Rebates are authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and are supported by the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund, which is administered by TDEC. The fund receives revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee on new tires sold in the state.

Benefit Auction and Chili Supper for Jeff Enix Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Take Me Back Café will host a Benefit Auction and Chili Supper for Jeff Enix on Thursday from 5-8pm. Jeff is currently battling Stage 3 Lung Cancer and proceeds will go to help with medical expenses. Tickets for the chili supper are available at Mike’s Mufflers or Take Me Back Café. Tickets will also be available at the door on Thursday evening.

Some of the items up for auction include guitars, gift certificates, cakes, pies, and more. A gofundme page has also been set up under Jeff Enix, Jeff’s Plumbing, to help contribute as well.

Union City Man Charged With Rape

Paris, Tenn.- Johnathan L. Halliday, age 35 of Union City, has been charged with soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and aggravated statutory rape by the Henry County Sheriff's Office.

The charges stem from investigation where Halliday is accused of sending offensive and obscene images through social networking to a minor in Henry County. Halliday is also accused of having unlawful sexual contact with the minor. Halliday is currently in the Henry County jail on $250K bond and will appear in court on Thursday.

Henry County received assistance from the Union City Police Department during this investigation.

Gardner Sworn in as Public Defender

Paris, Tenn.- Judge Donald Parish gives the oath of office and swears in Tas Gardner to serve as the Public Defender for the 24th Judicial District which serves Henry, Carroll, Benton, Hardin, and Decatur Counties. Several local officials, law enforcement, judges, and friends and family were in attendance for the ceremony.

Mark Archer Sworn in to TENA Executive Board

Murfreesboro- Henry County 911 Director Mark Archer was recently elected to serve West TN 911 districts on the Tennessee Emergency Numbers Association executive board. He was sworn in Tuesday at the TENA board meeting in Murfreesboro by former Senator Joe Haynes of Nashville. Senator Haynes is the organizations general counsel.

Warrants Issued After Chase in Car and on Foot

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Stacey Bostwick of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has issued warrants on Jermel R. Kinley, age 30, of 48 Liberty Avenue, after he evaded deputies and crashed his vehicle, then ran off on foot.

The report at the Sheriff’s Office stated Dep. Bostwick was on patrol and pulled behind a Vehicle on East Wood. He then observed the vehicle turn quickly into Eagle Convenience Store, jump the curb, cut thru the grass and finally stop at the intersection of Lake and Blythe as Dep. Bostwick had activated his blue lights. Dep. Bostwick exited his patrol car and walked toward the vehicle, the driver, later identified as Kinely, spun tires and then took off, going down Blythe Street and eventually crashing into a tree and driveway marker at the Blythe and Greenwood intersection. The vehicle had traveled up to 80 mph during this evading incident.

Kinley then jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Dep. Bostwick attempted to taser him but missed and Kinley escaped. A passenger in the vehicle was Kinely’s girlfriend who is pregnant and she told officers she wasn’t sure why he ran and tried to tell him not to. Kinely is wanted for felony evading and reckless endangerment.

Paris Police Investigating Theft of Electricity

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are investigating the theft of electricity at a residence on Thompson Street. Lt. Michael Ramos responded and met with BPU who said someone living at the address at 318 Thompson had stolen meters from homes on South Blakemore Street and was stealing electricity. Investigation is continuing on to who lives at the residence and could be responsible for the theft of services.

Warrants Issued on Man for Car Wash Theft and Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.- Captain Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Wednesday morning saying the suspect involved with the theft and vandalism at the car wash in Puryear has been identified and warrants have been drawn for his arrest.

Jesse Culver, 35, of Mayfield is wanted for the theft and vandalism and Capt. Jenkins said Culver is presumed to be “on the run” as he has prior outstanding warrants in Kentucky. A cooperative investigation between the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Puryear Police Department has led to the warrants being issued on Culver.

The Sheriff’s Office and Puryear Police Department also thank the community for all who have called in tips and leads regarding this crime. Capt. Jenkins said, “a community effort in a case like this is simply invaluable.”

Gov. Haslam Appoints Paris Native as Public Defender

Nashville- Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Robert Taswell “Tas” Gardner of Paris as the Public Defender for the 24th Judicial District, which covers Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin and Henry counties. Gardner, 47, replaces Guy Wilkinson, who retired at the end of last year.

“Tas Gardner brings 24 years of experience working in the district Public Defender’s office,” Haslam said. “His record and experience will serve citizens of the district well.”  

Gardner has served as assistant public defender in the 24th District office in Camden since November 2008. He served as investigator in the office from 1992-2008.

“I would like to thank Governor Haslam for his confidence in me and giving me this position,” Gardner said. “I am humbled, and I look forward to serving the people of the 24th Judicial District. I love what I do.”

Gardner received his law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 2008 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1991 and an associate’s degree in business from Columbia State Community College in 1989.

He has been a member of the Board of Judicial Conduct since July 2012 and is a member of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the Henry County Bar Association.

Gardner’s involvement in the community includes being a member of the Tennessee River Longbeards Committee, member of the Paris-Henry County Ducks Unlimited Committee and chairman of the Paris-Henry County Ducks Unlimited Sponsor Program. He has been a board member of the Springville Waterfowl Association since 1998, including serving as president of that organization from 2006-2007.

Gardner has three children, son Gray, 17, and daughters Meg, 14, and Remi, 9. He is a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Paris. 

Judge Donald Parish will swear in Gardner as the new 24th Judicial District Public Defender Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm at the upstairs courtroom of the Henry County courthouse.

VITA Tax Site Opens up Tues. February 7th

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA site will open Tuesday February 7 for the 2017 Tax season. VITA is a IRS free program with Certified Tax Preparers to help citizens fill out their tax returns. The VITA site, held at Atkins Porter School, will be open all Tuesdays in February and March.

Appointments are being taken for those dates between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm. Appointments can be made by calling Carole Walsh at 642-4178. No phone calls will be taken on Tuesdays, starting February 7th as the phone will not be operating those days.

Anyone who is a senior citizen or disabled, anyone with income $54K or less can have their tax returns prepared free of charge. E-file and Earned Income Credit and other special credits can be handled by VITA tax preparers.

Citizens who have insurance thru the marketplace and Affordable Care Act need to bring a 1095-A with them when coming to have taxes done. Other items to bring include proof of identification, social security cards for yourself, spouse, and dependents, birthdates, wage and earning statements from all employers including W-2s, and Form 1099s.

Bring a copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available and also for direct deposit bring your bank information such as routing numbers and account numbers. Other items to bring include daycare provider tax ID, charity donations, educational documents, and any pertinent tax information.

Wine and Dine With Relay is Saturday at Paris Winery

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Winery, located off of Hwy. 641 S. on Harvey Bowden Road, will host a Wine and Dine With Relay event this Saturday February 4th beginning at 6pm. Hor d’oeuvres will be served and Wine, Beer, Soda, and Water will be available for purchase. Musical entertainment for the evening is The Legends with Jim Merrell. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased Paris Chiropractic and the First United Methodist Church Office. Money raised helps support Relay for Life in Henry County.

Drug Arrest Made After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department charged Jose Renedios Chavarria, age 26, of Paris with driving on a suspended license, simple possession of schedule two, simple possession of schedule four, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The report stated that Ptl. Jackson observed Chavarria make an illegal turn at a red light and during the traffic stop, consent to search was given and a glass pipe, two baggies of crack cocaine, and marijuana were all found. He was placed on $2500 bond.

PPD to Particiate in THSO SAFE Campaign Beginning Feb. 1

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is once again partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office for its annual Seatbelts are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This is a statewide initiative designed to increase seat belt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across the Volunteer State. The SAFE campaign begins February 1st and concludes August 1st.

Chief Chuck Elizondo said, “If you ask family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you- they wish their loved ones had buckled up. The bottom line is seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention and get them to buckle up, the we’ve done our job. There is no good excuse for not wearing a seat belt.”

2017 is the 4th year the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results: 1,717 child restraint violations, 21,562 seat belt citations, and 723 other seat belt enforcement activities.

THSO Director Vic Donoho said, “In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23% and in 2016 we soared to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving for 90% or higher this year.”

Participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement this year. The state has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6pm and 5:59am. Historically, about 50% of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly 60% when nighttime crashes are examined.

UTM To host Football Signing Day Press Conference Wed.

Martin, Tenn.- Skyhawk fans are invited to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2017 football signing day press conference, which will be held in the Champions Club on the third floor of the newly constructed press box at Hardy M. Graham Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

Skyhawk head coach Jason Simpson will provide analysis on all of the new UT Martin signees, who will be featured on short video clips throughout the press conference.

UT Martin is coming off its third straight Sgt. York Trophy while posting a perfect 5-0 mark in recently renovated Graham Stadium. The Skyhawks finished second with a conference mark of 6-2 while posting an overall record of 7-5 despite facing three FBS opponents in Cincinnati, Hawai’i and Georgia State. The 2016 season marked the fifth straight year – and seventh time in Simpson’s 11-year tenure – that the Skyhawks finished in the OVC’s top three teams in the final standings.

Faced with one of the toughest schedules in the country due to three FBS opponents, Simpson led his team to be one of the most complete programs in the region while receiving votes in both polls for six consecutive weeks to close out the season. The Skyhawks ranked second in the OVC in scoring offense (32.2 ppg), scoring defense (24.0 ppg), total defense (322.4 ypg), rushing defense (128.3 ypg), pass defense (194.1 ypg) and pass defense efficiency (112.7), interceptions (17), first downs (20.2 per game) and third-down conversions (43.8 percent).

Coach Stewart Welcomes Public to MSU Signing Day Event

Murray, Ky.- Murray State head football coach Mitch Stewart invites the public to a National Signing Day event, Wednesday, February 1 at 6 p.m. at the Murray Country Club. All fans are invited and do not need to be members of the club to attend.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. following National Signing Day and will feature Stewart talking in-depth about his 2017 class. Appetizers will be served and cash bar will be available as well.    

Earlier in the day, at Noon, Stewart will address Racer Nation in the form of a press conference to talk about each of his new Racers. The press conference will air live on the OVC Digital Network and will be available immediately following the conference for on-demand viewing.

For more information on the event, email msu.football@murraystate.edu or call the football office at (270) 809-6181.

TDOT Opens 3rd Overhead Message Sign Contest

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Transportation is excited to hold its third contest to see who can come up with the best safety message for the Dynamic Message Signs you see on the interstates. The contest gives Tennessee motorists a chance to help the department raise awareness about various safety issues and save lives.

Last year’s winning entries were: “Turn signals, the original instant messaging”, “Get the cell off your phone and drive”, “Practice safe text. Don’t do it while driving”, “You’re in Tennessee. Volunteer to drive safe”, and “Ain’t nobody got time for a wreck. Slow it down.”

TDOT has begun taking entries for the 2017 Dynamic Message Sign Contest. Entries will be considered for five highway safety categories: seatbelt usage, impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.

“We’ve had great success with these DMS contests,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “We need to keep motorists in the habit of checking the message boards daily. These contests help TDOT accomplish our goal of saving lives by getting the attention of drivers and reminding them to practice safe driving habits.”

Entering the contest is easy! Just go to this link from TDOT’s website http://www.tn.gov/tdot/article/dms-contest. The contest web page will list the categories and allow you to type your message and submit your entry. The contest will run until February 10. TDOT will then give the public the opportunity to vote on the best messages, also via the TDOT website. If you mention the contest on social media, make sure you let us know with the hashtag #WhatsYourSign. The winning message will be placed in rotation to run on the overhead Dynamic Message Signs statewide throughout the year. TDOT asks citizens to keep the messages clean and any message containing profanity or lewd comments will be disqualified. The message boards are not to be used for advertising purposes; therefore, please refrain from using sport team names, singers’ names, etc., in your entries.

A total of 177 Dynamic Message Signs are located in the state’s four urban areas (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville), and in some rural areas across the state. The main purpose of the signs is to alert motorists of incidents, lane blockages, hazardous road conditions, or Amber Alerts. In 2012, TDOT became the first DOT in the nation to display roadway fatality numbers on the overhead signs. In addition to the fatality statistics, safety messages are displayed during off-peak travel times.

HCSO Seek Public's Help in Identifying Vandalism, Theft Suspect

Puryear, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office is seeking information to identify the suspect that was caught on surveillance video vandalizing and stealing money from a self-service car wash in Puryear.

The incident occurred over the weekend and the man, pictured above, did extensive damage and stole money. Investigation is continuing into the incident and how much damage was done to the facility.

If you know this man and/or his whereabouts call the Henry County Sheriff's Office at 642-1672 or the Hotline at 642-0929.

Shoppers Help Nab Man on the Run at Walmart

Paris, Tenn.- A man wanted on warrants charges was tracked to Paris Walmart, and with help from some shoppers, was brought into custody. The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated Dep. David Andrews received information that Phillip Nelson, age 18, of 716 Memorial Drive, was at Tyson Park Apartments and Dep. Andrews knew Nelson was wanted on other charges. Nelson was seen in a red truck with other subjects and had left Tyson Park by the time Dep. Andrews arrived.

The report said the truck was spotted at Walmart, but Nelson was not inside the truck. Dep. Andrews, Lt. Lance Perry, and Dep. Frankie Scott all went into the store, to try to apprehend Nelson. Nelson was in the checkout line and spotted officers and began to immediately try to exit the store. A citizen witnessed what was going on and saw officers pursing Nelson, and stuck out a foot to trip Nelson. Nelson fell to the ground and another citizen forced him to the ground as he attempted to get up until officers could get over and detain him.

Nelson continued to resist arrest and Dep. Andrews used his knee to force him to comply. As officers were taking Nelson out of the store, the red truck with other subjects attempted to flee but was stopped by deputies. Courtney Johnson, age 24, of 705 Cypress, was one of the subjects in the truck and after ten needles and some residue was found in her bag, she was arrested as well and charged with possession.

Man Charged with Agg. Assault After Incident in Church Parking Lot

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Tony Elkins of the Paris Police Department charged Wayne Vernon King, age 38, of 1175 Hwy. 641 S. with aggravated assault after he waived a gun in a church parking lot Sunday morning. The report stated that Lt. Elkins arrived at the Bridge of Hope church and was told by the pastor that King pulled up in his truck near the front of the church and waived a gun while sitting in the truck. He then sped off and witnesses told Lt. Elkins King was acting delusional. King was later found at his home and charged.

Troopers Busy with DUI Arrests Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Some arrests from the weekend include Jordan Allison, age 26, of Elkins Road, for DUI 1st offense, simple possession of schedule two, and simple possession of schedule four by Trooper Allen Webb; Trooper Caleb Cooper charged Jordan R. Alton, age 23, of Mulberry Cove, for DUI 1st, violation of implied consent, and leaving the scene of an accident. Alton was placed on $2500 bond. In another incident, Trooper Jason Mounts charged Jordan Thomas Stalls, of Murray, with DUI 1st Offense according to an arrest sheet.

Winders Has Another Top 5 Finish

Indianapolis, Ind.- University of Southern Indiana Freshman and former Henry County standout Javan Winders placed 4th in the 800 meter race at the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic in Indianapolis this past Saturday. Javan finished in 1:58.18, just .86 seconds behind the winner. This was Javan’s fourth top five finish this season.

No Permanent Solution for Asian Carp Plaguing KY Lake

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday's Henry County Tourism Authority, the board discussed the problem of Asian Carp that is plaguing Kentucky Lake.  Currently there is an Asian Carp task force to deal with the problem, but there haven’t been any methods that have worked in getting rid of the Asian Carp.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said that the one thing they can do is prevent the Asian Carp from going into the Pickwick Dam, by blocking the holes in the dam to prevent the Asian Carp from spreading.

There is also talk about trying to make Asian Carp viable for commercial fisherman, which could help in removing the Asian Carp from the area. Currently the Asian Carp are eating the plankton in the lake, which is preventing other fish from eating and this is essentially starving those fish off.

So, for now the best thing to do is contain the Asian Carp in Kentucky Lake to prevent the carp from spreading until a more permanent solution arises to remove the carp from Kentucky Lake.

Tourism Authority Meets to Discuss Events for This Year

Henry County Tourism Authority meeting Monday morning. (Cassie Walsh pic)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority met Monday and the tourism authority approved funding coming up events for the county this year and next year. The Henry County Tourism Authority currently has $50,000 that remains in the reserve fund.

The big item on the agenda was the Tourism Authority discussed about hosting the Bass Master High School Tournament again this year and next year. Henry County has hosted the Bass Master High School Tournament for the past three years and the board approved to have the county negotiate a contract with Bass Masters.

If the contract is accepted the Henry County Tourism Authority will give $8,000 to host the tournament in conjunction with Bethel University and Carroll County. Currently Bethel University, Carroll County and Henry County have split the cost three ways. And the Bass Masters plans on moving the tournament to April in 2018 instead of having it in the summer.

If the contract is approved the Bass Master Jr. High Tournament will be held at the Carroll County Lake and the Bass Master High School Tournament will take place at Kentucky Lake.

The Tourism Authority approved to give $2,000 to the Johnny Johnson Memorial Fishing Tournament for the Johnson Memorial Fund. This is a one day tournament and this scholarship helps the local bass club.

The board also passed that the Henry County Tourism Authority will give $3,500 to help fund the Tennessee Bass Federation Tournament, which will take place between Oct. 20 and Oct. 22nd of this year. They will have 100 boats and two anglers per boat.

Another Arrest Made in Reynoldsburg Road Arson

Carter County, Missouri- Another arrest was made in connection with the Reynoldsburg Road arson which occurred on August 12th of last year.

According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy John Krezinski arrested Terry Eugene Swigert, of Grandin Missouri, on Saturday for arson.

Swigert was arrested for his part in helping his ex-wife Rita Faye Futrell burn down her Reynoldsburg Road home. Swigert was placed on $50,000 bond.

Police Arrest One Man While Another Man Flees

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Lawrence D. Crosser, age 53 of 622 Powell Street of Paris, on Saturday for accessory after the fact.

Ptl. McClure was patrolling on Foster Street and he observed Terrell D. Cowan, age 41 of 634 Bolin Street, walking down the street and when Ptl. McClure yelled at Cowan he took off running. Ptl. McClure then went to Crosser’s house to talk to Crosser, since Cowan was known to stay with Crosser.

Crosser told police that he hadn’t seen Cowan and Cowan was not there. Cpt. John Brewer then advised Crosser that there was an active felony warrant out of Henry County for Cowan’s arrest and he could be arrested for harboring a fugitive. Officers asked if they could search the premises and Crosser consented to the search. While searching the garage, officers heard a noise and went to investigate and that’s when they saw Cowan who took off running. 

Henry County Sheriff Department Deputy Wayne Fuqua and his partner K-9 Cisco were called to the scene, but they were unable to find Cowan.

Crosser was arrested for harboring a fugitive and he was placed on $10,000 bond. Police are still looking for Cowan.

WSMV's Snowbird Brings Laughs and Reading to Paris

WSMV's Snowbird comes to W.G. Rhea Library to read to kids. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- WSMV Channel 4’s Snowbird came to the W.G. Rhea Public Library on Saturday, January 28th at 1pm, where kids and adults got to enjoy the free greet with Snowbird while also learning about weather, penguins, and reading.

11 year old, Lucas Hulbert assisting Snowbird as he reads one of his favorite stories. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Snowbird makes about 300 appearances a year, which is about 25 appearances a month. At Saturday’s meeting with Snowbird, kids and adults learned some interesting facts about penguins, such as not all penguins live in cold weather some penguins actually live near the equator.

WSMV Channel 4’s Snowbird also asked kids what a group of penguins was called and kids and adults were surprised to learn that a group of penguins is called either a colony or a rookery. Snowbird also talked about working at the television station and invited to kids to come up and help him read two of his favorite books at today’s event. Snowbird then told everyone that reading is one of the most important tools kids need to have.

Lyla O'Donnell, 6 years old, helping Snowbird tell the kids what types of things penguins like to do. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Snowbird said, “Make more time to read every day. Reading is just about the most important skill you will learn, but what you need to do is always keep practicing. I hope you learn to love reading as much as I do.”  At the end of the hour Snowbird and the kids got to take photos and ask questions.

Henry Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Lance Perry arrested William M. Gant, age 35 of 48 Liberty Ave of Henry, on Thursday for possession of a schedule II substance with intent and for an active warrant out of Carroll County.

Lt. Perry was on patrol when he was advised that Gant was driving on Van Dyke Road and Lt. Perry had prior knowledge that Gant had an active warrant out of Carroll County. Lt. Perry then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and he asked Gant if he could search the vehicle and Gant said no to the search.

Lt. Perry then requested that a K-9 unit come out to search the vehicle. PPD Lt. Michael Ramos and his K-9 partner Kenzee came to the scene and Kenzee alerted to the car. The officers then found what appeared to be meth in a baggie.

Gant was then placed on $25,000 bond.

Chili Cook-off at Cumberland Presbyterian Church is Feb. 4th

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in McKenzie will hold a Chili Cook-off and Dinner Theatre to celebrate their 150th Anniversary on Saturday, February 4th from 5pm to 7pm.

Chili judging will begin at 5pm and the winner will be announced at 7pm. Dinner includes: chili, homemade cornbread, drinks and desserts. Music will feature the Bethel University Bluegrass Band and the Renaissance Theatre. Tickets cost $8 per person or $20 maximum per family. All entrants are welcome for the cook off where a prize package will be awarded.

 To register for the chili cook-off please call 731-352-2440.  So, stop and grab some chili at the chili cook-off at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 16835 Highland Drive in McKenzie.

Police Arrest Man for Multiple Possession Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department, Lt. Ean Reed arrested Bobby J. Patton, age 50 of 514 Wynn Street of Paris, on Thursday for public intoxication, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession of a schedule VI substance. Patton was placed on $1,500 bond.

Seven Kentucky Teens Arrested for Trespassing

Puryear, Tenn.- Seven Kentucky teens were arrested by the Henry County Sherriff’s Department on Thursday after police were called to an abandoned school building on College Street in Puryear.

According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Lt. Clyde Sulcer arrested Jonathan W. Staton, age 18 of 859 Clayton Drive of Murray, Noah D. Bailey, age 18 of 1788 Old Hickory Road of Hickory Kentucky, Noah Zachary Page, age 18 of 5108 State Route 121N of Murray, and  Sara Neihoff, age 18 of 5108 State Route 121N of Murray, for criminal trespassing.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Skyler D. Collins, age 18 of 4036 Kirksey Road of Kirksey, KY, and Shawn M. Butler, age 18 of 21 Cross Spann Road of Murray for criminal trespassing.

Lt. Sulcer responded to a call about lights being on inside the old school located on College Street, and when he and Cpl. Jenkins arrived at the scene they saw a black SUV parked outside.

Lt. Sulcer and Cpl. Jenkins entered the school, where Cpl. Jenkins encountered and arrested three people, one of which was a juvenile.  Lt. Sulcer then found four more suspects smoking inside a walk-in freezer and he took them into custody without incident.

All seven teens were arrested for criminal trespassing. The juvenile was released to his parents and the six other teens were each placed on $500 bond.

Lady Pats Defeat District Opponent Northwest

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Clarksville Northwest Lady Vikings in district action on Friday winning 68 to 42. Natiya Jumper led the Lady Patriots with 29 points, Gracie Osborne had 19 points and Elizabeth Wood had 12 points. The Henry County Lady Patriots are now on the 15-5 season and 9-1 in district play.

The Henry County Patriots lost to the Clarksville Northwest Vikings in Clarksville on Friday 68 to 53. James King led the Patriots with 15 points and Cole Culpepper and Cameron May had 10 points each. The Henry County Patriots are now on the 7-12 season and 2-8 in district play.

Dr. Gulish Retires and Remembers His Career at Reception

Dr. Gene Guilish and HCMC CFO Lisa Casteel with a plaque for Dr. Guilish (Cassie Walsh pic)

Paris, Tenn.- The staff at of Henry County Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine invites everyone to a reception honoring Dr. Gene Gulish as he prepares to retire. At the reception, Dr. Guilish said he was addicted to helping people and this community is so caring and interested in me and my family.

Dr. Guilish said he is thinking about going to Iraq for a couple of months and he hopes to help the people there like he has done here for 23 years. Dr. Guilish also wants to continue writing and learn more about art, while spending his retirement time with family.

The one thing Dr. Guilish said he hopes everyone remembers is,"The operating room is a holy place and the most important thing in the operating room is the patient. And I hope that everyone of my patients knows that, because that's how I respect them."

The reception will be held Friday January 27th from 2-5pm at 1015 Kelley Drive, Suite 200, in Paris.

County Unemployment Numbers Increase in all 95 Counties

Paris, Tenn.- County Unemployment rates were released Thursday and estimated numbers show the rate increased in all of Tennessee’s 95 counties in December. Williamson County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in December at 3.5% and Lake County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.2%.

The rate remained under 5% in 25 counties and between 5-10% in 69 counties. Lake County is the only county where the unemployment rate is above 10%. Rates for counties in our area are as follows.

Henry County’s December unemployment rate came in at 6.2%, up from 5.6% in November but still down from 6.4% in December of 2015. Numbers mean that of Henry County’s estimated labor force of 14,030 around 880 were looking for work in December of 2016.

Benton County’s December 2016 unemployment rate was 7.0% and that number is up from November’s unemployment rate of 6.2%. The December 2015 rate for Benton County came in at 7.6%. 340 of Benton County’s estimated labor force of 6,730 were looking for a job last month.

Carroll County’s unemployment rate was 6.8% for December 2016, which is up from November’s rate of 6.1%, but still down from December 2015’s rate of 7.8%. Numbers show that of Carroll County’s estimated work force of 12,270 about 830 were seeking a job in December.

Houston County’s December 2016 unemployment rate was 7.2%, up from 6.4% in November 2016, but down from 8.0% in December 2015. 230 people, out of an estimated workforce of 3200, in Houston County were looking for work in December.

Stewart County had an unemployment rate of 7.2% in December as well. That is up from November’s rate of 6.1% and down from December 2015’s rate of 7.8%. Out of an estimated work for of 5,340 in Stewart County about 380 were looking for a job in December.

Weakley County’s rate for December 2016 came in at 5.9%, up from 5.6% in November. The rate was down from December 2015 when it came in at 6.2%. Weakley County’s estimated workforce is 15,810 and in December about 930 were without work.

Monday Final Day to Enter Young Artists Showcase

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council will be introducing its first ever Young Artists Showcase in 2017 as Henry County is filled with talented youth and they are excited to offer the new event to showcase talent.

Artists from Kindergarten through High School are invited to participate and showcase their talent in the following categories: drawing, mixed media, oil & acrylic painting, photography, pottery, and watercolor painting.

Entry forms must be completed by this coming Monday January 30th and turned into the Arts Council Office at Lee School. Artwork should be delivered to Lee School on Saturday February 4th between 10am and Noon. An awards presentation and Public reception will be held at 2pm Sunday February 5th at Lee Academy. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the winners. For more information call the Paris Henry County Arts Council at 642-3955 or visit their website at www.phcarts.com.

HCHD To Continue Work on Old Paris Murray Road

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will continue to close Old Paris Murray Road for culvert replacements from Monday January 30th to Thursday February 2nd. The closures will be in a three mile area south of Hwy 140 East in Puryear. The road will be reopened each day for late afternoon and night time traffic.

TVA Seeks Public Input for Vegetation Management

Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public input on an environmental review of various vegetation management practices along its transmission line rights of way. TVA anticipates preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to study several alternative approaches.

A copy of the Notice of Intent is available on the TVA website at tva.com/nepa. Public input is welcome on the issues and alternatives that should be considered.

Comments will be accepted thru March 23rd. They may be submitted online by selecting Transmission System Vegetation Management program option; mailed to Anita E. Masters, TVA, 1101 Market Street BR4A Chattanooga, TN 37402. All comments received, including names and addresses will become part of the public project administrative record.  


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