From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh
Get Your Tickets to the Valentine's Steak Dinner on Feb. 11th
Paris, Tenn.- The 7th Annual Valentine’s Steak Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 6:30pm at Holy Cross Catholic Church Office, which is located at 1210 East Wood Street in Paris.
The menu includes: shrimp cocktails, salad, roll, steak, baked potato, assorted desserts and tea or coffee.
Tickets cost $25 for a single and $45 per couple. Tickets are available at the Holy Cross Catholic Church Office Monday through Friday 9am to 1pm or you can call 731-642-4681. You can also purchase tickets at Boutique MariMac, the Iron Place and the Toggery.
Reminder: Baseball Team Chili Supper Fri. at HCHS
Members of the Patriot baseball team L to R: Knox Davis, Hunter Updyke, Parker Piskos, Bryant French, and Blair Robbins, get ready for chili supper night.
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Baseball Booster Club and baseball team will hold the annual Chili Supper Fundraiser at the high school cafeteria on Friday February 10th from 5-7pm during Henry County’s basketball game with Northeast. Tickets are $7 and include chili, sandwich, chips and drinks. You can eat in or carry out. Money raised helps this year’s Patriot baseball team.
Planners Approve Parking Lot Improvements at PHA Properties
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met in regular session Thursday night and approved the lone item on their agenda. The site plan was from the Paris Housing Authority for parking improvements for Vernon Place and Washington Courts.
The plans include construction of a pavilion, joining to city sidewalks with ADA accessible drive crossings, and no work in the flow of traffic to make it move more smoothly. Everything was in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards and was approved by planners.
Lady Patriots Win, Pats Lose by 1 to McKenzie; Host NE Fri.
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split with McKenzie on Thursday night in non-district basketball action. The Lady Patriots won 62-38 over the Lady Rebels. Natiya Jumper scored 24 to lead the way in the victory. The Rebels squeaked out a one point win over the Patriots 44-43. James King had 10 points for the Patriots.
Henry County is at home Friday night in the last regular season basketball game as they welcome District 10-AAA rival Northeast to town. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by men’s action.
If you can’t make it to the ballgame listen to our broadcast beginning at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at our website, wmufradio.com, or via your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates apply. The District 10-AAA tournament will begin sometime next week.
HCBOE Holds Lengthy Discussion on Moving Forward with HCHS Renovations
Jon Davidson speaks to board members at the beginning of Thursday's meeting about a group wanting to raise money for the turf portion of the project. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Puryear, Tenn.- Harrelson School was the host for the February Henry County Board of Education meeting on Thursday night and the board discussed moving ahead on the Facilities projects at Henry County High School.
At the beginning of the meeting, Jon Davidson, President of the Henry County Quarterback Club and citizen of Henry County spoke to the board saying that some interested citizens and members of the quarterback club wish to help the system when it comes to funding for the astroturf field at Patriot Stadium that has been discussed as part of the renovations projects at Henry County High School. They are interested in raising money to help pay for the astro turf portion.
Board member Rod Frey discusses moving forward with the project.
Board member Rod Frey said I think we should allow these groups to try to raise funds for the turf. Frey said, “I think we should go ahead with our plans to move along and do the projects minus the turf, but at the same time allow the Quarterback Club and other groups to raise money to pay for the turf.” Frey added, “I don’t think our citizens should pay for the turf portion, but if this group can raise money on its own, we should try to include it at the proper time.”
Frey made a motion to proceed with the project, minus the turf field and allow the group to try to fundraise for the turf. Board member Tom Beasley then suggested an amendment to the motion to proceed with the building projects without the turf field, without a multi-purpose facility, and without discussion of fundraising. The amendment passed 3-2, knocking down Frey’s original motion. Frey then made a motion to reconsider his original motion, which failed 3-2.
Board attorney Rob Whitfield said this allows the board to move forward with the entire project and bring the sports complex, turf, and fundraising at a different vote.
The board then held another vote, just for moving forward with the HCHS project, but for now, leaving out the turf field, sports complex, and fundraising. The vote passed 3-2, with board members Frey and Jill Coker voting no.
Board member Beasley then made a motion to not allow fundraising for the turf field, but it died for lack of a 2nd. He said this is not a one time gift, when the field has to be replaced in ten years, that money will have to come from somewhere and we’ve been told several citizens don’t want this portion of the project.
Board member Jim McCampbell said “I think we put the cart before the horse with part of the original motion.” He said we decided to move ahead with the educational improvements at the high school, but wait on the sports complex, fundraising, and turf field.
McCampbell then made a motion to allow the group to go ahead with fundraising efforts and look at this part of the project if the money can be raised.
Board attorney Rob Whitfield then spoke to the board urging them not to get to far into allowing or not allowing fundraising. He suggested to be very careful in endorsing or not endorsing fundraiser as the funding has not been secured by the County Commission for any of the project.
After much more discussion, McCampbell’s motion was voted on and passed 4-1 to allow the fundraising efforts to proceeds. Beasley was the lone no vote.
District-Wide Teachers of The Year Named at Thurs. HCBOE
BOE Chairman Doug Braden presents Roxanne Hendrix with a plaque for being named Pre-K thru 4th District-wide Teacher of the Year. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Puryear, Tenn.- Teachers of the Year were recognized by Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton on Thursday night. Dr. Norton said all of our teachers do a wonderful job and these folks just exemplify excellence in the classroom. He said, “they are champions for all and they understand all means all, and tonight we recognize what they do in their buildings and for our students across the county.”
Holly Thompson was recognized as the District-wide Teacher of the Year grades 5-8 (Alsobrooks photo)
There was a criteria that each teacher met to be considered for the teacher of the year. Teachers of the year at each school were previously announced and recognized again at Thursday’s meeting. They are as follows Harrelson Pre-K – 4th Wendy Orr, Harrelson grades 5-8 Holly Thompson; Henry Pre-K-4th Joanne Mayoza, Henry grades 5-8 Natalie Norwood, Lakewood Pre-K-4th Roxanne Hendrix, Lakewood 5-8 Emily Townsend; Grove: Christina Lewis and Henry County High: John Anderson.
Board Chairman Doug Braden then awarded the District Teacher of the Year with plaques. In the Pre-K-4th grade level was Roxanne Hendrix. The winner in grades 5-8 for the district was Holly Thompson. The winner of District Teacher of the Year in grades 9-12 was Christina Lewis. Winners of the Teacher of the Year for the District received $500.
District wide Teacher of the Year for Grades 9-12 Christina Lewis is given a plaque by Chairman Doug Braden. (Alsobrooks photos)
Visual and Audio Arts Student Showcased at Harrelson
Stacey English directs the Harrelson Chorus at Thursday's HCBOE meeting. (Alsobrooks photo)
Puryear, Tenn.- During the Harrelson report, Principal Maria Cox gave a report on Harrelson activities, highlighting some of the audio and visual arts programs the school has going on. Stacey English’s Harrelson Chorus sang for the board at Thursday’s meeting. English said she teaches a 4th and 5th grade chorus known as the Harmonious Hawks to prepare them for 6th grade Chorus. She said I love it here and love what we do.
Ms. Cox also recognized the band and a video was shown at the board meeting telling about several of the musical acts they’ve performed. Several students discussed their love of arts and projects they were involved in at Harrelson.
Ms. Cox said this year we were able to implement art school wide so every student gets to experience art throughout their school career.
Board Approves Surveying HCHS Students as Part of Thesis
David Huber, teacher at HCHS, discusses his Master's Thesis idea with the board. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Puryear, Tenn.- Henry County High School Teacher David Huber spoke to the board about his Master’s Thesis as he will be surveying HCHS student in regards to chronic absenteeism and how to improve it. Mr. Huber told board members about his Thesis and how he will discuss with student’s reasons why they aren’t coming to school and what incentives they would like to see to strive for better attendance. The work will go towards Mr. Huber’s Masters at Murray State University. The board approved allowing Huber to survey the students as part of his Master’s Thesis.
Investigation Opened Up in Possible Child Abuse and Neglect
Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ricky Watson of the Paris Police Department is investigating an incident of possible child abuse and neglect where a 15 month old baby was brought to the Emergency Room with severe injuries. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that City units responded to a call from the ER from a doctor on scene where the 15 month old had some bleeding on the brain, bruising on the left ear and neck area. The baby was transferred to Vanderbilt for further care and evaluation.
The report said the mother brought the baby to the ER after she found the baby unresponsive. The mother said her boyfriend watched the baby the night before and the boyfriend said the child fell down some stairs.
Investigation is ongoing in the case there have been no charges as of Thursday morning.
Deputies Investigate Theft of Remodeling Supplies
Buchanan, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Buchanan Lane had boxes of laminate flooring and a red skill saw missing. The home is not currently occupied, but being remodeled. Two windows were found unlocked where entry could have occurred. Investigation is continuing.
Stewart County Commemorating Fort Donelson Anniversary
Dover, Tenn.- Several events are planned in Stewart County over the next few days to commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Donelson. The 9th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry and Stones River National Battlefield Artillery Crew will give combined arms demonstrations at 10am, 11am, and 1pm on Saturday February 11th at the Fort Donelson National Battlefield Park entrance. At noon, the fort’s visitor center will hold a book signing with author Timothy B. Smith, former NPS ranger at Shiloh. From 2-3pm, Civil War Historian Thomas Y. Cartwright will portray Civil War Soldier Sam Watkins at the Stewart County Visitor Center.
On Sunday February 12th, there will be infantry demonstrations at 11am and 1pm at the National Battlefield and a performance at 2pm at the Visitor Cetner by Bobby Horton.
Events also continue Tuesday February 14th, Wednesday February 16th, and conclude on Thursday February 16th at 2pm at the Dover Hotel as historian James Jobe will speak about the February 16, 1862 surrender during the Fort Donelson campaign. For more information on the events call Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
Henry County Hosts McKenzie Thurs. Night in Non District Play
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County steps out of District play on Thursday night to host McKenzie in basketball action at Gamlin Gym. The Lady Patriots will tip against the Lady Rebels at 6pm, with men’s action to follow. We will have the broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 5:30pm with the pregame show. You can also listen via our website at wmufradio.com or on your phone by calling 415-325-0723.
PLSP and TNWR To Hold Hiking Tour on Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Landing State Park and the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host a birding and hiking tour this Saturday February 11th from 9am to 4pm. Join State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath for a tour of good birding and winter hiking spots in these areas.
The tour will start as you visit the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, hike the Chickasaw trail and look for eagles on the Pace Point unit of the refuge. Then the hike will move to Paris Landing. The total hiking mileage is less than 3 miles on easy terrain.
Transportation between places will be provided for up to 12 participants. No pets are allowed. Optional bag lunches can be purchased at Paris Landing State Park or you can bring your own. Be sure and dress appropriately for weather. The fee is $10 and you can register via Paris Landing State Park’s website at www.tnstateparks.com.
HCYBL Holding Signups at Hulmes on Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Youth Baseball League is holding sign-ups from 9am to Noon this Saturday February 11th at Hulmes Sporting Goods, located at 3735 Hwy. 641 S. The league is open to boys and girls ages 4-15 as of May 1 of this year. For more information visit the league’s website, hcybaseball.siplay.com.
Smokey the Bear Visits PES Book Fair
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary School’s PTO hosted a Friends and Family reception Tuesday in conjunction with their annual book fair. The theme of this year’s fair is “Happy Campers, S’more Fun with Books”. To support the theme, members of the Forestry Service and Smokey the Bear joined the event to take photos with the book fair participants. The Forestry Service also provided free copies of their Smokey the Bear comic book that teaches children about the importance of fire safety.
The Happy Camper Book Fair will continue for the rest of the week and will be open on Thursday from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, and from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm on Friday. The public is invited to the fair which features books for pre-school aged children to adults.
Crews Battling Fire at Harper's Hams in Clinton
Clinton, Ky.- Fire departments and emergency responders from several counties have been battling a major fire at Harper's Country Hams on Hwy. 51 in Hickman County. Motorists should try to avoid the area if possible. A large portion of the business has suffered major damage in the blaze. (WMUF listener photo)
Patton Brothers Win 2017 Silver Gloves National Championship
Independence, Mo.- Cortavious and Demarccus Patton brought home Silver Gloves Championship belts after advancing through State and Regional Tournaments earlier in the season.
Cortavious, 8th grader at Inman, is the 14 year old son of Fran Patton. Cortavious defeated Jacques Cazeau from Massachusetts in the Championship bout. He has been with Paris Downtown Boxing for 7 years.
Demarccus, 9 year old son of Fran Patton and Nick Howard, is a student at Paris Elementary. He won the National Title by delivering a TKO to Khyrie Proctor from Washington, D.C.
Coach Derik Moon of the Paris Downtown Boxing Club said he's not sure how many brothers ever won Silver Gloves in the same year, but knows its a first for Paris, TN. Coach Moon said, "words can't express how proud I am of these young men. Yes we want to win matches, but our gym is about helping these kids reach their full potential. Demarccus and Cortavious are polite, hard-working, gifted young men and we expect amazing things from them."
TVA Prices $1B of 10 Year Global Power Bonds
Knoxville- The Tennessee Valley Authority announced today that it has priced $1billion of 10-year global power bonds carrying an interest rate of 2.875%, taking advantage of the continued low interest rate environment and favorable market conditions.
The offering drew demand from money managers, central banks, insurance companies, and a variety of other investors, who buy high grade securities of this maturity. Investors in the United States and overseas participated in the transaction.
”Having the global market for TVA bonds is beneficial to us and our investor base. This week’s offering shows the confidence investors around the world place in TVA,” said TVA Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer, Tammy Wilson. “We are pleased to see interest from a wider number of accounts in this transaction.”
The bonds priced at a yield of 2.884%, which is the second lowest for TVA financings of the same maturity. Proceeds from the offering will be used to refinance existing debt. TVA last issued bonds with a 10-year maturity in 2014.
“The strong demand from investors for quality assets and continued low rates contributed to a successful outcome for TVA,” said Wilson. “The new bonds fit well into TVA’s maturities profile and help us meet long-term corporate financing needs, while the low rate will reduce our financing costs.”
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital Inc., Mizuho Securities USA Inc., and Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC, were joint book-running managers for the transaction. The new bonds will mature on Feb.1, 2027, and are not subject to redemption prior to maturity. Interest will be paid semi-annually each Feb. 1 and Aug. 1, starting Aug. 1, 2017.
Application is being made to list the bonds on the New York Stock Exchange. The bonds will be issued, maintained and transferred through the book-entry system of the Federal Reserve Banks. Transactions may be cleared and settled by international participants through Clearstream and Euroclear. The bonds can be identified by the CUSIP number 880591EU2.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving over more than 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
Propane Gas Smell Prompts PLVFD to Investigate
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department responded a call at 4am Wednesday morning at 2576 West Antioch Road, Hidden Acres Campground of an odor of propane gas.
Arriving units found Shelia Risner standing outside her camper trailer as she managed to escape with no injury. Investigation revealed a strong odor of gas, a problem with the cook stove was found and the gas was turned off. Four trucks and 8 firefighters along with Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and EMS personnel responded to the scene Wednesday morning.
Lady Pats Win, Pats Lose a Close one to Rossview Tues.
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split games with Rossview at Gamlin Gym on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots improved their record to 17-6, 11-2 in Dsitrict 10-AAA play with a 56-48 win over Rossview. Gracie Osborne had 20 points to lead the way for the Lady Pats and Emily Gilstrap chipped in 11.
The Patriots lost a close one to the Hawks 62-59. Ty Cook had 18 points for Henry County and John King chipped in 14. The Patriots are now 7-15 overall and 2-11 in District 10-AAA play.
The teams will step out of District action on Thursday as they host McKenzie. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by men’s action.
Coordinated School Health Recognzies February as American Heart Month
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Coordinated School Health wants to remind you that February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month, commonly referred to as American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Heart Disease doesn’t discriminate against race, gender, ethnicity or social class.
Coordinated School Health says the CDC reports uncontrolled high blood pressure as a primary risk factor of heart disease and stroke. In fact, the CDC reports about 75M American adults, or 1 in every 3, have high blood pressure. The American Heart Association says normal blood pressure should be at or less than 120/80. It is very important to have your blood pressure checked and monitored.
Factors associated with heart disease include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, no exercise, excessive drinking of alcohol, and unhealthy eating.
Coordinated School Health wants all individuals to know and be familiar with warning signs of a heart attack which include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, and increased fatigue that may include cold sweats, nausea, or light headedness.
The warning signs of stroke are: face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. If any of the above symptoms occur, it is time to call 9-1-1.
The heart will pump more than 1 million barrels of blood for you during your lifetime if treated properly. For more information on Coordinated School Health or questions on heart healthy tips call your child’s school nurse or 644-3916.
Baseball Chili Supper Set for Friday's Basketball Game at Home
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Baseball Booster Club and baseball team will hold the annual Chili Supper Fundraiser at the high school cafeteria on Friday February 10th from 5-7pm during Henry County’s basketball game with Northeast. Tickets are $7 and include chili, sandwich, chips and drinks. You can eat in or carry out. Money raised helps this year’s Patriot baseball team.
Young Artist Showcase Entries On Display Until March 2nd
Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Young Artists Showcase is on display at Lee Academy of the Arts. The exhibit is open for viewing Mondays and Wednesdays 9am to 8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm, and 5-8pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. The display will continue until March 2nd. Winners were announced at a public reception on Sunday and are on our website at wmufradio.com.
Ptl. Colley Charges Three With Drug Possession
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department made three arrests on drug charges at Washington Courts Apartments. There is no incident report to go along with the arrests as of Tuesday morning but arrested were the following:
Kylie M. Allen, age 21, of 12A Washington Courts, for possession with intent of Schedule two and four drug, simple possession of schedule two, two counts of simple possession of schedule three, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Allen was placed on $25K bond.
Mathew Hamilton, age 34, of 60 Campbell Road, for possession of schedule two with intent and possession of schedule four with intent, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and two counts of simple possession of schedule four. Hamilton was placed on $30K bond.
James W. Wood, age 30, of Camden was also arrested by Ptl. Colley and charged with possession of schedule four with intent, simple possession of schedule two and two counts of simple possession of schedule four, two counts of drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule two with intent. Wood was placed on $30K bond.
In a separate incident, Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office spotted a red Honda CRV with no taillights and conducted a traffic stop near Point Pleasant Road Monday evening. The driver, Bryon Clayton, age 28, of 1206 Lincoln Street, came back thru dispatch as having his license suspended.
Dep. Watson then got permission to search the vehicle and found digital scales, a hollowed out flashlight with drug residue, crystal meth in a small plastic baggie, and more. The passenger, Destiny Hilliard, age 24,of 238 Smith Street claimed possession of the drugs and Clayton claimed possession of the flashlight and other paraphernalia. Hilliard was charged with simple possession of schedule two and contempt of court. Clayton was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia in addition to driving on suspended.
Reminder: Evening of Chocolate Delight Set for Tues.
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.
PES Book Fair Going on This Week
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary is hosting their “Happy Camper” Book Fair this week and there are several activities planned, including ones the entire family can take part in.
On Tuesday February 7th, Smokey the Bear will be on hand at the book fair from 3-4pm. Students can have photos made with Smokey during that time. Also Tuesday from 3-5:30pm the Family and Friends shopping event will be going on inside the PES Library. Shop with your child at the Book Fair and get a picture with Smokey.
On Thursday February 9th from 4-6pm, the public is invited to Book Fair A/R Family Fun night. You can shop for books and cool supplies and read books and take A/R test in the computer lab. Register for door prizes and more.
The PES Book Fair runs each day beginning at 7:30am and ends at 1:30pm on Friday February 10th. Like the Paris Elementary School PTO Facebook for more information.
Henry County Hosts Rossview for District Game Tues. Night
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will host Rossview in District 10-AAA basketball action on Tuesday night. The Lady Patriots will tip at 6pm, followed by the Patriots at Gamlin Gym. If you can’t make it over to the game, remember our broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. Also you can listen via your phone by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates will apply.
Lee Academy Offering Cupcake Decorating Class Tues. Night
Paris, Tenn.- Lee Academy of the Arts will offer a basic cupcake decorating class on Tuesday February 7th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The class will be held from 6-8pm and fee is $20. All supplies are included, you will bake and decorate cupcakes and then be able to take the treats home with you. Email Ashley Goan at email@example.com to sign up for the class.
Relay for Life Meeting Tuesday at 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay for Life will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday February 7th at the Sky Vue meeting room at the Quality Inn. Ace’s Pizza will provide pizza and everyone is invited to attend. The meeting starts at 6pm.
Patriots Do Well in Area Competition
Nashville- Some Henry County athletes competed in the Vanderbilt High School Invitational this past Saturday. Titus Winders came in 3rd with a time of 9:22 in the Boys 2 Mile Run out of 29 runners. Silas Winders finished 9th with a time of 9:39. Titus was just .44 seconds behind 2nd place and is now ranked 6th in the nation for 2 mile runs.
Nathanial Owens finished 2nd in the unseeded shot put with a throw of 40' 6.5". He finished 19th out of 42 throwers in the seeded competition and is ranked #9 in the state.
In the Don DeNoon Invitational in Carbondale, Illinois Javan Winders, former Patriot standout came in 3rd in teh Men's Mile Run, which had 43 runners. Javan is currently ranked 4th in his conference in the mile.
Parks Dept. Ready to Help with Hillcrest Cemetery
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Board met in regular session on Monday evening and Parks Director Tony Lawrence discussed the addition of Hillcrest Cemetery to the Parks Department’s workload as the City of Paris prepares to take it over.
City Manager Kim Foster was at the Parks Board meeting and told members the land officially belongs to the City of Paris as the deed was signed on Monday. There are still some records that will have to be finalized and found as the City takes over.
Lawrence said that the Parks Department will take care of the upkeep of the cemetery other than contracting out the mowing and weeding. He said Joel and Peanut do a great job and it will be a little more work but nothing they can’t handle.
Lawrence gave updates on the restrooms for the baseball fields at McNeil saying excellent weather has helped moved the project along. He said walls are up and most of the roof is done as well. The plan is to hang toilets, do insulation, and a few other things. Lawrence said it is coming along and there will be 4 commodes on the women’s side, three commodes and two urinals on the men’s side. This will be a huge improvement and the current restrooms will continue to be in service until these are completely finished, which should be mid March or early April.
The T-ball fields for girls softball has the fence up, and they are just waiting for access gates and trying to find a parking area for people to use at the new fields. Lawrence said we may put some gravel up there to help with parking access. It will be a real nice addition for softball once fields are done.
For the boys T-ball field the fence is up and it is also coming along as well. Lawrence said they are still waiting on access gates. He mentioned they put a platform deck on one side of the field and it looks really nice.
The Friends of McNeil Park group have continued work and have installed T-ball field lights at McNeil as they have raised funds. Lights have been ordered and BPU will install them by the end of February. This will help us in the early season as darkness continues to come a little early in the evening.
Parks Board to Review Youth Basketball Program
Paris, Tenn.- Lawrence discussed the Paris Henry County Youth Basketball League at the Parks Board meeting Monday night. He said it is time to go over every aspect of the league from rules and regulations to how the league runs and review everything. Lawrence said it’s been several years since the way the league runs has been looked at and it is just time to review and see what all is working and what is no working. He offered any board members that want to set in on those discussions to do so.
Board members asked some questions about participation, problems, and issues to which Lawrence replied we’ve had some problems in the older boys age group that we need to look at. The plan is for the staff and a couple board members to go over the program later this month or next.
The Henry County Health Department has purchased 8 benches and 8 new trash receptacles thru a $10K no smoking grant and given them to the Parks Board. Lawrence said they will put some along the walking track, at McNeil, and other areas later this spring.
Lawrence also reminded board members about upcoming shows at KPAC. Friday February 24th Sketches and The Drum will be performed. The KPAC Young Artist continues to do great things and just recently the City Commission approved Director Rhonda Stanton as being full time.
HCMC Board of Trustees to Interview CEO Candidate Feb. 16th
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Trustees for the Henry County Medical Center will hold a special called meeting Thursday February 16th at 5pm in the boardroom. The purpose of the meeting will be to conduct an interview with a candidate for Hospital Administrator and CEO. Current Administrator and CEO Tom Gee announced last year he plans to retire in October 2017. He has served as head of HCMC since 1992.
Stewart County Closes Schools Rest of the Week Due to Flu
Dover, Tenn.- The Stewart County School System made a decision on Monday to close schools Tuesday thru Friday of this week in order to help combat an outbreak of the flu that appears to be running rampant. The system reported 21% absences Friday and 16% Monday, but the bigger problem is 25% of staff has also been absent and the system can't find substitute teachers. Stewart County plans to reopen schools on Monday February 13th.
Superintendent Mike Brown of the Paris Special School System and Dr. Brian Norton, Director of Henry County Schools, both said so far our systems have managed to avoid large numbers of absences due to illness this winter but they always continue to monitor it.
Deputies Investigate Thefts Around the County
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated that a trailer on Old Paris Murray Road had the back door pried open and several items stolen from inside of it. The items stolen include a refrigerator and freezer, washer and dryer, kerosene heater, space heater, and an acoustic guitar. The value of items stolen is nearly $2500 and deputies have no suspects at this time and continue to investigate.
Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated several items were stolen from a Payton Drive residence that no one currently lives in and it has been burglarized before. Two transmissions and an engine block were all taken from around the home. The total value of items stolen is $4K and there are no suspects at this time.
Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Jacqulin N. Howington, age 28, of Gleason, with being in possession of stolen property after running tags on a van he received tips on being stolen. The van’s tags came back stolen from Florida. Howington admitted to driving the van from Florida, but that she didn’t steal the van.
HCSO, PPD Make Public Intox. Arrests Over the Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to Southside Café to a man causing problems. Sgt. Hall found William F. Castleberry, age 43, of Carter Road, outside in the parking lot and noticed he was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. Sgt. Hall arrested Castleberry for public intoxication.
Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department responded to Harrison Street in response to someone threatening to shoot others. The report stated that Ptl. Jackson soon found a male matching description of one described that was threatening and yelling at other people in the complex. Derrick Lee Tyler, age 41, of Mansfield, was arrested after Ptl. Jackson detected a strong odor of alcohol on him. Tyler was charged with public intoxication and placed on $2500 bond.
HCSS Celebrating National School Counseling Week
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System is recognizing this week as National School Counseling Week, February 6-10. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, or ASCA, highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
Paris Man Arrested on Multiple Possession Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Cpl. Blake Jenkins arrested Jeffery L Mobley, age 54 of 2590 Old Union Rd. of Paris, on Saturday for theft, criminal impersonation, evading arrest, violation of parole, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of simple possession of a schedule II substance, possession of a schedule VI and schedule IV substance, and two counts of possession of a schedule II substance with intent.
Mobley was placed on over $33,834.90 bond.
February is Rhea Library's Book Sale Month
Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be holding Book Sales for the month of February and from Tuesday, February 7th through Tuesday, February 14th romance books will be 25% off in honor of Valentine’s Day.
And from Wednesday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 28th all Non-Fiction books will be 25% off. The library will also have several sales racks of selected books that have been reduced.
If you love reading stop by the W.G. Rhea Library during the month of February and take advantage of their book sales.
T.A.R.P. Hosting Valentine's Day Tea on Feb. 9th
Paris, Tenn.- T.A.R.P. Center for Independent Living will be having a Valentine’s Day Tea on Thursday, February 9th from 11am to 1pm at 1027 Mineral Wells Avenue, Suite 3 in Paris. There will be crafts, pictures, refreshments, games, door prizes and more at this Valentine’s Day Party.
Young Artist Showcase Winners Announced
Sevens Clendenin the 1st place winner of the k-2nd grade drawing contest. (Cassie Walsh photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Young Artist Showcase took place on Sunday at Lee Academy and the winners from all of the talented kids who participated in the showcase were announced.
Leanna King 1st place winner of the k-2nd grade watercolor competition.
In pottery k-2nd grade: Erik Chau was 1st, Riley Burks was 2nd and Eva Coleman was 3rd. In oil and acrylic k-2nd grade: Eva Coleman was 1st, Mallory Thrower was 2nd and Lyla O’Donnell was 3rd. In the drawing k-2nd grade: Sevens Clendenin was 1st. And Eva Coleman was 1st in photography k-2nd grade. In the mixed media category for the k-2nd grade: Leanna King was 1st and 3rd mixed media, and Lyla O’Donnell was 2nd. In the k-2nd grade watercolor category: Leanna King was 1st, Max Elliott was 2nd and Anna Marie Elliott was 3rd.
Olivia Harper is the 1st place winner of the 3rd to 5th grade pottery contest.
In the 3rd to 5th grade pottery category: Olivia Harper was 1st, Jordyn Ingram was 2nd and Ali Ridgeway was 3rd. In oil and acrylic: Laney Martin was 1st, Olivia Hart was 2nd and Emily Potts was 3rd. In the drawing: Olivia Harper was 1st, Emily Potts was 2nd and Lucy Beth Jackson was 3rd. In photography: Lucas Claxton was 1st. In the mixed media: Alyssa Martin was 1st, Lucy Beth Jackson was 2nd and Adam Elliott was 3rd. In the watercolor: Alyssa Martin was 1st, Cheyenne Melton was 2nd and Laney Martin was 3rd.
Amelia Hart wins 1st place in the mixed media 6th-8th grade competition.
The winners for the 6th through 8th grade age group were in pottery: Haley White was 1st, Suzie Chau was 2nd and Landon Thrower was 3rd. In oil and acrylic: Haley White was 1st, Ivy Wang was 2nd and 3rd. In the drawing: Riley McDevitt was 1st. In photography: Mason Elliott was 1st, Wyatt Jones was 2nd and Allie Elliott was 3rd. In the watercolor: Amelia Hart was 1st.
Delia McDevitt wins 1st place in 9th-12th photography competition.
The winners for the 9th through 12th grade in the drawing category: Abby Eubanks was 1st and 3rd and Julia Hendrix was 2nd. In oil and acrylic: Claire Layne was 1st and 3rd and Aly Crosno was 2nd. Aly Crosno was 1st in pottery. In photography: Delia McDevitt was 1st and Caroline Gurton was 2nd. In the watercolor: Taryn Jones was 1st.
Henry Man Arrested After Tuesday's High-Speed Car Chase
Henry, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Jermel R. Kinley, age 29 of 48 Liberty Avenue of Henry, on Friday for aggravated child abuse and neglect, two counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, possession with intent, evading arrest and felony evading arrest. Kinley was placed on a total of $60,000 bond.
Cpl. Blake Jenkins also arrested Heather J. Andres, age 27 of 48 Liberty Avenue of Henry, on Friday for aggravated child abuse and neglect. Andres was placed on $50,000 bond.
Lady Pats Go 10-2 in the District After Springfield Win
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Springfield Lady Yellow Jackets in district action at home winning 46 to 27. Gracie Osborne led the Lady Patriots with 21 points. The Lady Patriots are now on the 16-6 season and 10-2 in district play.
The Henry County Patriots lost to the Springfield Yellow Jackets on Saturday 48 to 35. James King led the Patriots with 8 points. The Patriots are now on the 7-14 season and 2-10 in district play.
The Patriots and Lady Patriots will play Rossview at home on Tuesday, February 7th. The pregame show will begin at 5:30pm and the girls tip off at 6pm.
If you can’t make it to the game you can listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1fm or online at wmufradio.com or can listen to the game by calling 415-325-0723. Just remember standard rates will apply.
Church of the Living God to Host Fish Fry Saturday Feb. 4
Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Living God, located at 116 South Porter Street in Paris, will have a Fish Fry this Saturday February 4th from 10am to 3pm. Plates are $10 which include fried catfish and all the trimmings. Everyone is welcome.
Henry County Falls to Clarksville High in District Hoops
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots lost to the Clarksville High Lady Wildcats in district action on Friday 42 to 29. Gracie Osborne led the Lady Patriots with 15 points and Emily Gilstrap had 7 points. The Henry County Lady Patriots are now 15-6 on the season and 9-2 in district play.
The Henry County Patriots lost to the Clarksville High Wildcats in Clarksville on Friday 52 to 39. Ty Cook led the Patriots with 11 points and Caleb McCutcheon had 7 points. The Henry County Patriots are now 7-13 on the season and 2-9 in district play.
Library Offers Kids the Chance to See the Alex Haley Museum
Paris, Tenn.- The W. G. Rhea Public Library will host a Chartered bus tour to the Alex Haley Museum in Henning, Tennessee on Saturday, February 11th in celebration of Black History Month.
All Children must be 8 years-of-age or older to participate, no exceptions. The trip is free to those attending children. You must come by the W. G. Rhea Public Library at 400 West Washington Street in Paris before February 10th to register.
There are 40 slots available for any child in the age range that would like to take this trip and permission must be signed for by parent or legal guardian. Space will be available on a first come first serve basis.
City of Paris to Light Eiffel Tower Blue To Honor Metro Officer
Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris will light up its’ Eiffel Tower in blue for the next three days in honor of fallen Nashville Police officer Eric Mumaw. Officer Mumaw lost his life yesterday morning when he jumped in the Cumberland River to save a distressed woman.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to Officer Mumaw and his family, the City of Nashville and the Metro Police Department,” stated Carlton Gerrell, Mayor of the City of Paris, Tennessee. Adding, “Our City’s most iconic symbol, the Eiffel Tower will shine blue in honor of Officer Mumaw.”
The officer, 44-year-old Eric Mumaw, was an 18-year veteran of the police department who had twice received awards for his heroism, according to the Metro police department.
While in Nashville for the Tennessee Association of Chiefs meeting, Chief Chuck Elizondo stated it was announced they had found the officer’s body. “The Chiefs Association had prayer for the loss of a brother while trying to help another,” stated Chuck Elizondo, Chief of Police for the City of Paris. Adding, “The lighting of the Eiffel Tower in blue in honor of Officer Mumaw is a great gesture of public support of the job we do every day.”
News from past weeks here.