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

Jones Returns to Stage in "The Glass Menagerie"

Cherry Jones, left, as Amanda Wingfield, with Celia Keenan-Bolger as her daughter. (Michael Lutch photo).

Cambridge, Mass.-Paris Native Cherry Jones this week returns to the stage in “The Glass Menagerie”, which is being presented by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Jones is a two-time Tony Award winner for best actress and also won an Emmy for her work in the television show “24”, but her main interest has always been the theater.

In “The Glass Menagerie”, Jones portrays Amanda Wingfield and Zachary Quinto plays Tom, the Gentleman Caller. The play is directed by John Tiffany, who directed the hit Broadway musical, “Once”.

The play continues until March 17 and is being performed at the Loeb Drama Theater. For anyone wanting to plan a trip to see it, tickets start at $25 and can be ordered at the American Repertory Theater website.

Woman Tries to Exit Store with Cart Full of Items

Paris, Tenn.- A Big Sandy woman was arrested by Paris Police for trying to exit a local store with a full shopping cart of items. Jo Frances Gray, age 52, was stopped by personnel at Wal-Mart while trying to leave the store with some 50 items in her cart. The items totalled $284.

Inmates Arrested After Fight

Paris, Tenn.-Two inmates at the Henry County Jail were arrested for simple assault following an altercation inside the jail. Arrested were James Gouge, age 35 of Hill Rd.; and Jeremy Taylor, age 29 of Dover.

Chief Elizondo Asks City Commission to Look into Funding SROs

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo (standing) speaks

to Commissioners about SROs Thursday night.

(Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, Paris Police Chief Charles Elizondo requested the commission to begin the process of seeking funding to allow the Paris Police Department to put three School Resources Officers into the Paris Special School District.

Chief Elizondo told commissioners he attended a conference in January put on by the Department of Education along with director of schools for both Henry County and the PSSD, Sam Miles and Mike Brown respectively, along with Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew dealing with school safety issues.

The chief said it was a well put on summit and all of them came away with school safety as their number one priority. He asked the commission to allow the PSSD and Paris Police Department to partner and find ways to fund an SRO in each school in the district.

City Manager Carl Holder said rough estimates of cost would be about $52K per officer as the city would need to hire three new officers. Holder also said it would be idealistic for the PSSD and city to split this cost on a 50/50 basis.

Holder said the county and sheriff’s office split it on a two-thirds, one third type share, but education funding is different. Holder did remind commissioners that PSSD does have taxing authority.

Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and commissioners present at Thursday’s meeting Pete Lackey and Terry Fuller discussed the issue a little but wanted more time to make decisions along with allowing the PSSD board to discuss it more.

Chief Elizondo added that the three officers chosen as SROs would be SRO and DARE certified and serve more educational purpose than just an officer in the school. Ptl. Jordan Klutts currently serves as an SRO in the PSSD, along with two deputies supplied for the time being by the Sheriff’s Office. Chief Elizondo also said he would put his more seasoned officers as SROs, and the three new hires would be put on the road to cover those shifts.

Commissioner Terry Fuller said he wants the commission to act, not react, but he was confident the city, Paris Police, and PSSD could all work together. The PSSD board of education meets on February 19th and could discuss this issue in more detail.

Commission Applies for CDBG Grant for Housing Rehab

Paris, Tenn.- More from the Paris City Commission meeting on Thursday night saw the commission approve a resolution to file a 2013 Community Development Block Grant for housing rehabilitation in the amount of $500,000.
City manager Carl Holder said a group of staff narrowed areas of the city down to where housing rehab was most needed and came up with the areas on South College Street, South Porter Street, and West Wood Street areas.

Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said the grant is basically ready to be submitted once the mayor signs documents and decisions on whether or not its accepted would take several months.

The commission also approved a rezoning request on first reading Thursday night dealing with property on Spruce Street. Owners of the property want to rezone their area from M-2, which is heavy industrial to R-3, which is Mult-family residential. The planning commission had approved this at their meeting in January.

Eagle Scout, Officers Honored with Proclamation

Eagle Scout Matthew Fowler along with his scoutmaster

as Mayor Tharpe Reads Proclamation.

Mayor Sam Tharpe also read proclamations honoring some citizens at Thursday night’s meeting. The first was for Matthew Aaron Fowler on obtaining Eagle Scout Status with Troop 22.

Mayor Tharpe also read proclamations honoring two Paris Police Officers on recent work which lead to life saving measures by both of them. Ptl. Amber Roaten and Ptl. Derreck Colley were both honored in front of many officers on hand at the meeting Thursday.

The commission also approved the mayor’s appointments to a couple of boards. Beth Belew was approved to serve on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Kayla Wallace was approved to serve on the Paris-Henry County Volunteer Center Board.

Investigative Audit Reveals Deficiencies on Proceedures at Northeast Henry County Utility District

Nashville- An investigative audit report, released Thursday morning by the state comptroller’s office, details deficiencies on some procedures by the Northeast Henry County Utility District including improperly billing customers, and allowing district commissioner to personally benefit from water line work.

The report said the district failed to obtain legally required state approval for extensions to its water distribution system. The audit also found that the district manager submitted improper billings and one of the district’s commissioners personally benefitted from work performed by the district water line work.

Tennessee Law requires all plans for new construction to public water systems to be approved by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). The audit revealed that the Northeast Henry County Utility District installed equipment and over 2500 feet of new water lines without obtaining the required approval and permits from the state. This failure to follow the law could expose the district to civil penalties levied by TDEC. As a result of these water line extensions, the district manager billed three customers a total of more than $1,380 in excess of authorized amounts and one customer was billed at least $1,300 less than the authorized amount.

The investigative audit also revealed that while installing three meters for a new customer, district employees used district equipment to dig trenches from the meters to the customer’s three houses. It was unnecessary and improper for the district to perform work on private property under these circumstances. In performing this task, district employees accidently cut the customer’s underground sewer line, forcing the utility district to incur cost of repairing that line.

The audit showed that after contacting the district and requesting new meters, but prior to installation, the property owner accepted a bid from a local contractor to install the water lines from the meters to the houses. The contractor was a utility district commissioner who was able to avoid the time and expense of digging the trenches, although that was part of the original contract with the property owner. Although the commissioner/contractor saved money because the utility district already dug the trenches, he billed the property owner for the full amount of the contract according to the press release from the state comptroller’s office.

The full audit and report is available online at www.comptroller.tn.gov

Joining Forces for Park Tree Clearing

Buchanan, Tenn.-The Henry County Highway Department and Henry County Sheriff's Department joined forces Wednesday to clear up tree and brush on the levee at the Paris Landing State Park. Sheriff Monte Belew said inmates helped highway department employees in clearing the trees along the Ned McWherter bridge. In photo is Inmate Ronnie Carter (in yellow) and Highway Employee Scott Grooms. (Capt. Damon Lowe photo).

Gee Places 8th in World Cyclo-Cross Championship Bicycle Race

Paris, Tenn. – Thomas Gee, Paris-resident and CEO of Henry County Medical Center, faces competition every day in the world of healthcare. But, not every day, does he face competition on a worldwide scale as he did in Louisville, KY last week.

A very competitive bicycle racer and enthusiast, Gee has traveled across the United States and the world to compete in many races. He began at a very early age and has continued the sport his entire life. He was able to use his skills to place in his age division at the UCI Cyclo-cross Masters World Championships held January 29-February 2.

Gee, finished 8th in the 60-64 age division at the event. Gee survived a muddy course and cold temperatures to move up steadily throughout the week. Originally seeded 14th based upon his USA Cycling national ranking, he qualified 11th in the preliminary heats Tuesday before moving on to the final on Thursday, January 31. In the final, Gee finished in 8th place behind eventual winner James Laird of Canada.

Cyclo-cross is a cycling competition that has been contested for over 60 years. It is contested on a closed course held off pavement and requiring the competitors to negotiate barriers, sand pits, run up hills and other obstacles. The event in Louisville was the first time in history that the event has been held outside of Europe. In countries like Belgium and the Netherlands it is a major sporting event held live on TV and attracting over 60,000 spectators to an event. The Louisville event was a major success for USA Cycling with over 10,000 spectators in attendance. The event is sanctioned by the Union Cycliste International, the international governing body of cycling.


Palmersville Native Advances on 'American Idol'

     Paul Jolley

Los Angeles, Calif.-Two people with Weakley Co. ties, one of whom is from Palmersville, advanced from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana auditions on Fox’s American Idol last Thursday night and will compete in the Hollywood round, according to an article in The McKenzie Banner.

They are 23-year-old Palmersville native Paul Jolley, and 24-year-old Weakley County School System Speech Therapist Kendra Vailes of Humboldt.

Jolley’s audition was featured midway through a recent audition episode of the program. According to the Banner article, Jolley said, “I am auditioning because this is my calling in life. My family sees it. I see it. My friends see it. I feel like I just need to share it with the world, because I have so much to give back.

“My grandfather (Jewel Melton) just recently passed away. I want to be half the man he was, because he was a first sergeant. He was such a good role model and he taught me to ‘take things out in the back, go in your music room and woodshed it yourself.’ I want to be like that and give back to the world like he always did.” Photos of Jolley with his grandfather were shown during this piece.


Package Liquor Sales Could Begin Soon in Murray

Could Impact Henry County Economy

Murray, Ky.- In a long-awaited move, package liquor sales could finally begin as early as next week in Murray. After many years of voting no, Murray voters approved package liquor sales last year but since then no licenses have been issued.

The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued the first packaged alcohol licenses for stores in Murray last week.

The move could have an impact on the Henry County economy, since many people travel to Paris to purchase package liquor.

In Murray, some grocery stores and gas stations already sell beer.

There are five new stores that will be selling packaged liquor in Murray: Butcher Block/ All in Good Spirits, 1203 Chestnut St.; The Cask Wine and Spirits, 1304 Chestnut St.; Boulders Smokehouse Deli, 317 Chestnut St.; Friendly WIne and Beer, 401 Sycamore St.; Thoroughbred Spirits, 521 S. 12th St. Rite-Aid also has a license to sell packaged liquor.

Inman Middle School Chorus to Present Honk, Jr!

Paris, Tenn.- The Inman Middle School Chorus Program would like to invite the community to their upcoming production of the musical “Honk, Jr.” this Friday and Saturday night February 8th and 9th at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris. Showtimes will be at 7pm both nights and it will feature 29 of Inman’s 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

“Honk!” is based on the tale, “The Ugly Duckling” and tells the story of an odd looking baby duck and his quest to find his mother. The musical comedy has a cast of many witty characters.

Jessica McLeese, director of the Inman Middle School Chorus Program said, “I am thrilled to be able to direct this show in a community that supports the arts like Paris, TN. Like most musicals, this show reminds us not to judge a book by its cover.”

Tickets will be on sale at the door. Adults price is $3, kids 18 and under get free admission. For more information call Inman at 642-8131.

Puryear Boy Scout Troop 226 to Hold Pancake Breakfast Saturday

Puryear, Tenn.- The 2nd annual Puryear Boy Scout Troop 226 Pancake Breakfast will be this Saturday February 9th from 7-11am at Puryear Baptist Church in the Family life Center. Its all you can eat pancakes for only $5 per person, with ages 5 and under getting in for only $2.

Girls Soccer Tryouts Feb. 12th at McNeil Park

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Soccer Club’s Lady Danger under 12 Soccer tryout will be held Tuesday February 12th from 5:30-7pm at McNeil Park in Paris. Any girl born between August 2000 and July 2001 are eligible. If you are interested but can’t make that day’s tryouts call 363-1938.

Lifeline Bloodmobile to be at FUMC Thurs. 12-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church from noon to 6pm Thursday and all eligible donors are encouraged to give blood. In honor’s of next week being Valentine’s Day, one lucky donor will receive a dozen long stemmed roses from Jack Jones, another lucky donor will win a Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker. Be sure and bring photo ID with you when you come to give blood Thursday.

Bobby Knight To Speak at Bethel

McKenzie, Tenn.-Legendary Basketball Coach Bobby Knight will speak at Bethel University on April 19.

Knight is now a basketball analyst for ESPN and when he retired, it was as the winningest coach in NCAA boys' basketball history with 902 wins. (Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt is the winningest coach overall in the NCAA).

He won three national championships while coaching at Indiana.

Bethel has not yet announced ticket information. For more information on the event, call 731-352-4090.


String of Burglaries from Vehicles in Henry Area

Henry, Tenn.- Officers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Henry Police Department continue to look for suspects in a string of thefts from automobiles in the Henry area over the last few days. On Tuesday, there were reports from vehicles on Maple Street in Henry that had different items stolen from them.

Wednesday morning there were four separate reports at the Sheriff’s Office detailing items stolen from unlocked cars in Henry on Mockingbird and Atlantic Avenue. Items stolen include GPS units, a rifle, iphone 4, stereos, cigarettes, and more. Henry Police also have filed reports of thefts in the same areas of Henry. Anyone with information on the thefts should contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office or Henry Police Department.

U.S. Post Office to Stop Saturday Mail Deliveries In August

Package Delivery to Continue Six Days a Week

The U.S. Postal Service Announced this morning plans to save around $2 billion dollars annually by stopping delivery of mail on Saturdays beginning in August while continuing to deliver packages six days a week.

Package delivery has increased by 14% since 2010 while delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other internet services.

Under the plan, mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only Monday thru Friday, but would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Any post offices now open on Saturday would remain open Saturdays.

In November, the agency reported an annual loss of a record of $15.9 billion for the last budget year and forecast more red ink in 2013. Since 2006, the Postal Service has cut annual cost by $15 billion, reduced the size of its career workforce by 28% and consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations.

Even with all that post office officials say they still need Congress to pass legislation that will give them greater flexibility to control cost and make new revenues.

Making Henry County Healthier--One Person at a Time

A dramatic display of their weight loss using the pants they used to wear--with emphasis on 'used to': (left to right) Brian Bishop, Kim Patterson, Chris Cobb. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-For a group of employees at Nobel Automotive in Paris, inspiring each other to lose weight has been the answer. And sticking together as a group has been the answer to keeping the pounds off.

Chris Cobb, Brian Bishop and Kim Patterson are among a group at Nobel who were inspired by each other, Healthy Henry County activities and concerns for their own health when they began working together to lose weight last year. And the proof is in the pants--as you can see from the dramatic change shown by the much larger pants that each of them used to wear. And the emphasis is on 'used to'.

Nowadays, the trio is feeling better, looking better and not as stressed as they enjoy the lifestyle change that came with their weight loss experience. And they attribute a large part of that weight loss to the "My Fitness Pal" website, which you can also download as a free app on your Smartphone. Each of them swears by it as the tool that has not only helped them lose the weight, but keep it off.

For Cobb, the change happened in February 2011 when he was diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic, which led to an overall change in his eating habits. "For me it wasn't merely the desire to lose weight, it was my health. I told myself then, 'You got yourself into this mess, now you have to do everything you can to get yourself out.'

A dietician told him he would have to start eating like a diabetic and a google search on an eating plan for Type 2 Diabetics gave him the information he needed on what foods not to eat. "I stuck to it and the weight just started to fall off," Cobb said. From February to December of 2011, he lost 68 pounds and continues to lose. So far, he has lost a total 131 and still wants to lose 10 or 12 more.

"I lost that first 88 pounds with no exercise", he said. "That was just the change in eating habits that did it. I had to remove potatoes, corn, sweets. For me, it was a total lifestyle change, not just a diet."

Patterson started her move to a healthier lifestyle after seeing Cobb's progress. "I participated in the Healthy Henry County events, but I didn't take it to heart enough. Seeing Chris lose so much weight was a real inspiration, especially after we found that "My Fitness Pal" phone app. That was the most beneficial to all of us."

And losing weight as a group also has helped. "The more we lost, the more of a cheering section we had here at work and that helped," Patterson said. "Before, in the break room, there were always doughnuts and sausage biscuits, Now we have fruit. Everyone around here is more aware."

Patterson said a big help to her was stopping drinking Diet Coke. "Diet Coke and soda pop made me crave other things, but once I got that out of my system, those cravings stopped. Now, I drink water."

She lost 70 pounds over the past year and her husband has lost 65. "The day I was able to stop shopping for 'plus sizes' was a big day for me," she said.

Bishop started his weight loss in May of 2012 and so far has lost 50 pounds. "Over the past 20 years, I gained weight steadily and I began having concerns about high blood pressure, not wanting to be a Diabetic. I just made a conscious decision, for my family, to do something about my weight. And my inspiration was seeing the people around me".

Bishop did it by not really cutting anything out of his diet, but managing his portions instead. "I'm just eating less, not having those two major meals a day," he said.

They all can't say enough about "My Fitness Pal", which they say is a motivational tool, but also a practical application. "It tells you exactly what you can eat, how many calories that will produce, how much weight you will lose or gain if you eat certain foods," Cobb said, "and it does it in an easy to understand way." With the application, you keep track of everything you eat every day and the application tells you how many pounds you will gain or lose. It also projects how much you will gain (or lose) in a week, five weeks or beyond, if you keep eating your current diet.

Patterson said others at Nobel also have lost beaucoup pounds while watching the group on their weight-loss journey.

"We're all just eating more healthy now," Patterson said. "I can't stress how much it does help to have others around you making the same changes you are--it really does inspire you to keep the changes going."


HCMC Phone System To Shut Down for Upgrades Tonight

Paris, TN – Henry County Medical Center’s Director of Plant Operations, Stan Seay, reports that the phone system at the hospital will be off for upgrading purposes during the night of Wednesday, February 6 from 10 p.m. until about midnight.

Seay said today, “This upgrade prepares HCMC to replace the rest of the telephone system that was installed in the late 1980’s.”

Hazelwood ECO Presents 'Basic Gardening' Workshop Feb. 15-16

Deadline to Register is February 11th

Paris, Tenn- The Hazelwood Every Child Outdoor Center will present a two day three part program of instruction and activity to help families learn basic backyard gardening skills. The UT Extension Office at 1120 Tyson Avenue will be site of the programs February 15 and 16. The two hour sessions are free and participants may attend any or all of the sessions.

Craig Harris, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will present ‘Sites and Soils’ at 6pm Friday February 15th. This will focus on where to put a garden, how to prepare the soil, and tools to use for gardening.

On Saturday February 16 at 10 am, the session “Growing More in Less Space” will discuss backyard gardens such as raised beds, container gardens, seed starting and watering. Avid Henry County gardner Egan Snow will be the guest speaker in this session.

The final session will be “Three Seasons Garden” at 1:30 Saturday afternoon as Ralph Storey of Homestead Nursery will discuss how to get fresh, natural nutrition from the backyard in spring, summer, and fall, and how to read a seed packet and the best varieties of fruits and vegetables for our area.

The event is limited to 30 people and reservations must be made by February 11th.  Call 642-3431 to register.

Lady Pats, Pats lose on the Road at Kenwood

Clarksville, Tenn.- Kenwood swept Henry County in district basketball play on Tuesday night in Clarksville. The Lady Patriots lost 55-48 to the Lady Knights. Natalie Applebaumb scored 13 points for the Lady Pats in the loss while Hannah McFadden chipped in 8. The men lost their contest 60-54 to Kenwood. Amari Cook paced Henry County with 22 points and Blake Houston chipped in 10. Henry County closes out regular season play Friday night at home against Northwest. The district tournament gets going next week.

HC 4-H Shooting Sports Holding Signups this Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 4-H Shooting Sports Program will hold signups for youth interested in trap, skeet, and sporting clays competition this Saturday February 9th at Hulmes Sporting Goods, on highway 641 S from 10am to 2pm.

The cost for trap and skeet is $125 each while sporting clays is $135. If youth want to participate in a second or third discipline, the cost will be $55 in addition to the highest fee. Students in grades 4-12 are eligible and should bring their Hunter’s Safety Card or are planning to attend the next available Hunter’s Safety Course. For more information call the UT Extension Office at 642-2941.

Heritage Center's Mardi Gras Ball Set for Saturday Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Heritage Center will hold their annual fundraiser Mardi Gras Ball this Saturday at the Paris Convention Center starting at 6:30pm. It’s semi-formal dress with black tie or costumes optional. Tickets are $35 and include dinner and entertainment by the Barons dance band.

Tickets are available at the Heritage Center, Maggie’s, and any board member. For table reservations call 642-1030. All money raised benefits the Heritage Center.

Warrants Filed in November Jewelry Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Ryan French of the Paris Police Department has issued a warrant for theft on Karen Smith, age 51, of 411 Whitehall Road after an incident that occurred back in November. The report stated that Smith was staying at her aunt’s home while she was away and the aunt reported almost $4000 worth of jewelry missing.

One of the pieces of jewelry was found at a local pawn shop, and Smith was who pawned the jewelry.

In another incident, Ptl. Steven McClure charged Gary Everett Hall, age 51 of 220 Chestnut street with public intoxication and assault after he was acting irate with employees at the Emergency Room.

Several reports of theft came into the Henry County Sheriff’s office from around the county the past couple of days. A home on State Line Road has 60 checks stolen out of the case, three gold chains, a safe containing $200 and $140 in cash from a wallet. Officers do have a suspect in this incident.

Another report stated $300 in cash was stolen out of the console of a car parked at Henry Elementary on Monday. Also another car had a clarinet stolen out of the back seat of the vehicle. Police have no suspects

State DCS Commission Resigns Amid Controversy

Governor appoints Commissioner Jim Henry as interim

Nashville– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Kate O’Day has resigned from her post.

“Kate has informed me that she felt the time was right to step down,” Haslam said. “She was concerned that she had become more of a focus than the children the department serves. I appreciate Kate’s service to this administration and to our state. She has done a lot of good work in identifying longstanding problems that have hampered the department, and we will build on those efforts as we move forward.”

The DCS has been mired in controversy the past few months amid increasing reports of children who have died in homes in  DCS care.

The governor has named Commissioner Jim Henry, who currently heads up the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), to serve as interim commissioner of DCS.

“I am grateful to Jim for agreeing to take on this interim role,” Haslam continued. “He has significant experience both in the private and public sectors and has devoted the better part of his life to caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Chocoholics, Your Evening is Here

Evening of Chocolate Delight is Tonight

Paris, Tenn.-A sweet fundraiser will be on tap tonight at the Inman Middle School gym as "An Evening of Chocolate Delights" raises money to establish a fund to assist those who cannot afford screening mammograms and need one.

Twenty vendors will be serving up chocolate confections tonight from 5-7 p.m. Ticket holders are
welcome to stroll through each booth and gather their chocolate delights to
enjoy with friends at the event or to take home (all ticket holders will receive a
to-go container for collecting their goodies). Bottled water will be served.

Tickets are $10. You receive a to-go box for your chocolates. Door prizes will be awarded.

Tickets are available at the door and at:  HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council Members; Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation Board Members; HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop; My Favorite Things; Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call 731-644-8266. Inman Middle School Strings Will Perform and a Silent Auction to Be Held. Sponsored by Quota Club of Paris
HCMC Women’s Health Advisory Council and A La Mode Sweet Shoppe.


An Evening with C.S. Lewis Set for Saturday

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Renowned British Actor David Payne gives a portrayal of the famous British author as he hosts a group of American writers at his home just outside of Oxford in "An Evening with C.S. Lewis" set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at The Dixie.

David Payne Drama is a theatrical company based in the USA and UK and was originally founded to present stage productions based on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis.

Ticket Prices: $15 (plus tax) per Person

To purchase tickets or for more information, stop by The Dixie box office, call 731.986.2100, or visit the website at www.dixiepac.net

Parisian Performs in TPAC's "Carousel"

Nashville, Tenn.- The cast of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center production of Carousel, which opens Feb. 16 in Nashville, includes Paris native Jeremy Maxwell. It's his first appearance in a TPAC production.

Jeremy, who lives in Nashville, is a veteran performer in theatrical productions in that city, including Barn Dinner Theater's The Odd Couple and Shakespeare in the Park's Othello. He's the grandson of Elwood and Connie Maxwell of Elkhorn and Anne and Bill Williams of Paris.


TN Pharamcist Assoc. Opposes Legislature on Psuedophederine

Bill To Require Consumers to Obtain Prescription for Some Cold Medicines

Nashville- The Tennessee Pharmacists Association is firmly opposing legislation filed in the state legislature last week that would require all Tennessee consumers to obtain a prescription for medications containing pseudoephedrine, such as Advil Cold and Sinus or Sudafed.

On Wednesday of last week, Rep. David Hawk, R-Greenville, filed HB 0368 which “makes materials containing any quantity of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine a Schedule III controlled substance and exempts immediate methamphetamine precursors if they are not in form that can be used to manufacture methamphetamine.”

Baeteena Black, executive director of the Tennessee Pharmacists Association said in a statement, “the legislation filed by Rep. Hawk punishes the vast majority of cold and allergy sufferers, by making them go to the time and expense of obtaining a prescription from their physician to get medicine that will help them.”

Black went on to state the “TPA strongly supports the National Precursor Log Exchange, the real-time, point of sale, tracking system for pseudoephedrine put into place by Tennessee in January of last year. That system ensures that consumers continue to have access to the nonprescription cold and allergy medicines of their choice so they can effectively treat symptoms without havng to miss family or work obligations and add cost of a doctor’s visit.”

In her statement, Black agreed the TPA feels meth use and production is a big problem and they are willing to work alongside the general assembly and law enforcement to fight it, but they remain opposed to legislation that would require law-abiding Tennesseans to obtain a doctor’s prescription to purchase these safe and effective medicines. Citizens who feel strongly on this issue one way or the other, should contact their representative.

Third Suspect in Last Week's Assault Incident Apprehended

Paris, Tenn.- Officers finally apprehended the third suspect in an aggravated assault incident that occurred last week. Derrico L. Patton, age 25 of 303 Jenkins Street was arrested over the weekend and charged with aggravated assault stemming from an incident where he and two others assaulted a woman.


WBFF Little Prince and Princess Winners

0-6mths L to R:  3rd Maid McKinlee Rayburn, daughter of Lisa Richardson & Judy Rayburn, 2nd Maid Ella Rose Blankenship, daughter of Brandon & Carla Blankenship, 1st Maid Carlee Jo Pierce, daughter of Bert & Jennifer Pierce, Princess Aubrey Leigh Brockwell, daughter of Christian & Adam Brockwell, & Prince Jack Abram Hassell, son of Dan & Misty Hassell (Kristian Elliott photos)

7-11mths L to R:  2nd Maid Mary Barner, daughter of Janis & Brian Barnes, 1st Maid Londyn McFerren, daughter of Savior Pearson & Laqvan McFerren, Princess Alaska Lynn Allen, daughter of Tyler & Lauren Allen  (Kristian Elliott photos)

1 year olds L to R:  2nd Maid Roarie Rush Beecham, daughter of Brian & Stephanie Beecham, 1st Maid Oaklee Grace McClure, daughter of Steven & Alician McClure, Pricess Aubree Louise Holland, daughter of Jordan Holland & Rebecca Smith, Prince Samuel Stanley, son of Gene & Lori Stanley, 1st Paige Carter Daniel Sipes, son of Jillian Barnes & David Sipes (Kristian Elliott photos)

2 year old winners L to R:  2nd Maid Olivia Stanley, daughter of Gene & Lori Stanley, 1st Maid Anna Marie Elliott, daughter of John & Kristian Elliott, Princess Addyson Littleton, daughter of Jeremy Littleton & Amber Ham, Prince Abel Taylor, son of Josh & Ashley Taylor, 1st Paige Xander Kane Pierce, son of Bert & Jennifer Pierce, 2nd Paige Noah Espinosa, son of Daniel & Brittany Espinosa

2013 WBFF Tiny Tot Winners

L to R: 3rd Maid Bailey Williams, daughter of Michael Williams & Amy Mann, 1st Maid Irelynn Rain Beecham, duaghter of Brian & Stephanie Beecham, Tiny Tot Princess Lexi Gordon, daughter of Kelli Summers & Jason Gordon, 2nd Maid Millie Singleton, daughter of Marty & Sheri Singleton, 4th Maid Aubrey Chambers, daughter of Brian & Tiffany Rhodes. (Kristian Elliott photos)

WBFF Jr. Queen WInners

L to R: 3rd Maid Bryleigh Cate Hayes, daughter of Chuck & Cheri Hayes, 1st Maid Brianna Grace Raspberry, daughter of Melissa Hart & Jason Raspberry, Junior Queen Annabelle Singleton, daughter of Marty & Sheri Singleton, 2nd Maid Katie Elizabeth Barnett, daughter of Dwayne & Laura Barnett, 4th Maid McKenna Rylee Thrower, daughter of Sherry Beecham & Michael Thrower

New Pharmacy Set to Open

Paris, Tenn.-A new pharmacy will be opening February 18 and it will be operated by a long-time Paris pharmacist. Scott Aubuchon, shown at left with his son, Alex, will be opening Paris Pharmcy at 1025 Mineral Wells Ave. (former Lighthouse Buffet building). Aubuchon has been a local pharmacist for some 20 years. Aubuchon had a booth at the Henry County Healthcare Expo on Saturday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Henry Mobile Home Heavily Damaged by Fire

Henry, Tenn.-A mobile home in Henry was heavily damaged in a fire Saturday night, but none of the occupants were injured.

The Paris Fire Department was called to provide mutual aid for the Henry Volunteer Fire Department around 8 p.m. and firefighters remained on the scene until midnight. The fire was at 1717 Lumber Rd. at a home owned by Dennis Duncan.

Henry Fire Chief Keith Qualls was unavailable for comment Sunday, but according to the report at the Paris Fire Department, the fire started in the chimney on the outside of the mobile home.

Paris Fire personnel said there was quite a bit of damage to the roof of the mobile home, but that everyone got out safely.

Showcasing Local Talent at Home Show

Paris, Tenn.-Among the numerous booths at the weekend's Merison's Home Show was one showcasing local artworks from the Tennessee River Arts League members. In photo are Robyn Neubauer, a potter, and Doreen Bates, an artist, with some of the wares displayed. Huge crowds were on hand both days of the home show and WMUF/WLZK aired a remote from it on Saturday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Buchanan Man Arrested for Public Intoxication, Assault

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Buchanan man for domestic assault and public intoxication following an incident at 11 p.m. Friday night. According to the police report, officers were called to Tyson Park Apartments on a report there was a fight ongoing on a second story landing of one of the buildings.

When Patrolman Mitch Gallimore arrived, he saw the subject run down the back stairs and across the parking lot. Gallimore chased him into the woods and when he caught up to him, the subject had a bottle of vodka in his possession. He told Gallimore he ran because he knew he was going to jail.

Arrested was Billy Lawson, age 26 of 100 Barber Rd., Buchanan.

"Survivor2Survivor" Fundraiser Set for Caring Hearts

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for an inspirational speaker and fundraiser that is being sponsored by the Henry County Medical Center and the Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. The program is entitled “Survivor2Survivor Through the Eyes of a Storm– A Perspective Gained through a Cancer Journey” and It will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Fairview Baptist Church, 114 Memorial Drive in Paris. Finger foods will be served.

This event will feature Mark McSwain of Paris, who is a cancer survivor himself and will share his story. You can purchase a $10 ticket at the Cancer Care Center of Paris, 1290 Kelley Drive, or at the hospital Pink Petal Gift Shop. All proceeds will go to the Caring Hearts Fund of the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation.

McSwain graduated Henry County High School in 1981 and earned a Master of Divinity at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and a Doctorate of Ministry there in May of 2012.

McSwain was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in December of 2007. His masterful story covers 2007 – 2013, and how he and his family coped with the news and subsequent treatments.

McSwain and his wife, Dottie, developed Survivor2Survivor.

Vendors are also welcome to display their information and give away items. Door prizes will be awarded to ticket holders as well.If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Casey Brown, Caring Hearts Liaison, at 731-644-3522.

For more information, call the Cancer Care Center of Henry County at 731-644-3522.

Good Day for a Run--a Scrub Run, That is

Paris, Tenn.-Dan Ripley receives his prize for winning Male Overall in the 5K Scrub Run Saturday morning from Toni Gordon. A large crowd of runners and walkers participated in the event, which benefits the Henry County Healthcare Foundation. The event was held at the Paris Civic Center. Winners will be published later. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Chamber Promotes Healthy Henry County Lifestyles

Paris, Tenn.-Glenn Lee of Farm Bureau Insurance answers questions at the Farm Bureau booth at the 10th annual Healthcare Expo Saturday. The event was sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce and was held in conjunction with the 5K Scrub Run at the Paris Civic Center. Several booths were set up by businesses and healthcare providers at the event. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

VITA Tax Service Opens Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) opens on Tuesday, February 5, and will be in operation for all Tuesdays in the months of February and March. The program will again be located at the Atkins-Porter Recreation Center on N. Highland Street.

VITA is a free service with certified tax preparers on site.

Site Coordinator Carole Walsh said appointments are being taken for those dates for the hours of 9 a.m.. until 4:30 p.m.

Appointments may be made by calling Walsh at 731-642-4178. Please no phone calls on Tuesdays, starting Feb 5th, as the phone number will not be operating on those days

This VITA site efiled over 500 Federal tax returns in the year 2012 plus 65 state returns. The program is open to any one who is a senior citizen or disabled. Efiling and EIC and special credits can be done.

Items to bring to the VITA site to have your tax return prepared are:
• Proof of identification
• Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
• Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
• Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
• Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
• A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
• Bank routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit
• Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)
• Charity donations and medical bills paid-- Bring amounts paid,
• Educational: Any documents that you have paid.

Walsh said some walk-ins are allowed, but they would have to wait their turn so that appointments will be done first.

Merison's Home Show Draws Huge Crowd

Paris, Tenn.-The Perkins Drug booth was one of many vendors drawing huge crowds at the first home show sponsored by Merison's. The two-day event was held at the Paris Convention Center at the Hampton Inn and WMUF/WLZK did a live remote from there on Saturday. Numerous vendors were on hand with a variety of goods, from furniture, home decor, artwork and photography. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Savannah Rose Crowned Homecoming Queen

Paris, Tenn.-Senior Savannah Rose was crowned Henry County High School basketball Homecoming Queen Friday night. On the court are (from left): Junior Ali Davis; Senior Melissa Wager, Rose, Senior Alyssa Wayne and Sophomore Lillie Akers. Savannah was dressed in a basketball uniform because she's a star player on the girls' basketball team. She was escorted by Justin Ramos, a member of the boys' team. We have another photo of Savannah with her escort on our Facebook page. If you're not already one of our Facebook friends, you can do so by clicking on the link at right or at the top of this page. (Tim Pharr photo).


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