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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks       

Planning Commission Approves Rhea Elementary Addition

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission met on Thursday night and approved three site plans, including an addition to Rhea Elementary School, contingent on approval of MS4 requirements by another engineer.

The plan is for the addition on the existing building that fronts South Wilson Street. The addition is part of a phase the PSSD is going thru that will eventually see them demolish portions of the old structure years down the road.

An additional lane is also proposed in the Rhea School plan to help with drop off and pickup of students on buses. The lane is parallel to Lone Oak Road and should relieve some of the heavy congestion that is there during mornings and afternoons for school drop off and pickup.

Planning Commission members also approved a minor subdivision plat on Peppers Drive. The plan will add an additional .57 acre tract taken from the rear of the adjacent property. The additional tract to be added will not be in the Paris City limits and will not be subject to city building or zoning codes.

Planners also approved a major site plan for Phillips Mini Storage on Mockingbird Lane. The plan called an addition for an existing development. Community Development Director Jennifer Morris said the original site plan approved was for four buildings on the front portion of the property. The addition approved Thursday night was for four additional buildings on the rear portion of the property.  

Prior to the Planning Commission, the board of zoning appeals deferred action on a proposed Women’s safe house until a special called meeting February 25th.

Henry to Hire Full Time Certified Officer; Keep Part time Chief

(Photo by Tim Alsobrooks)

Henry, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s special called meeting of the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman, the board held a discussion on which direction to go with concerning the city’s Police Department.

Henry Mayor Michael Gross said currently we have a part time chief, as former Henry Police Chief Nick Oatsvall is serving as chief again. The city recently lost Chief David Andrews, as he took a full time job with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Darren Webb has been serving as part time patrol officer for the city of Henry.

Mayor Gross told the board "we can go two ways. Hire a full time Police Chief or keep a part time police chief and hire a full time certified patrol officer." He told the board even though Chief Andrews was full time chief, he was busy with paperwork, court, and drug patrol and wasn’t able to be inside the city limits often on patrol.

Acting Chief Nick Oatsvall said he could carry on doing paperwork and other chief duties in a part time role, and there was more of a need of a full time patrol officer.

City Attorney Beau Pemberton said he encourages his other cities he serves to have a full time officer to enforce city ordinances and codes. A full time patrol officer can do that.

Alderman decided to go the route of keeping a part time police chief and put an ad out for a full time certified officer. The salary range would be $14-15 per hour for a certified officer, depending on experience. Mayor Gross said we can compete with other cities’ wages and hopefully be able to keep an officer longer for Henry. The officer would rotate and be on patrol different times during the week and weekends.

Henry Moves Meeting Day and Time to 2nd Thurs. 6pm

Board members and City Attorney Pemberton discuss the changing of the meeting day and time. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Henry, Tenn.- The board decided to change their monthly meeting day and time on Thursday night after having to have several special called meetings lately. The city has an ordinance where the attorney must be present, and newly hired city attorney Beau Pemberton, has had issue with the normal meeting time for Henry, which is the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Pemberton also serves as Dresden’s city attorney and there has been conflict with the dates.

The board discussed the idea of changing the date and finally settled on moving the Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meetings to the 2nd Thursday of the month, starting at 6pm. They passed an ordinance on first reading Thursday night setting the new meeting date and time. They will pass is again next month on 2nd and final reading.

Henry's Worker's Comp. Insurance Finally Going Down

Henry, Tenn- During the financial report, City Recorder Sonya Clayton said the Workers Compensation Insurance went down over $9500, coming at a good time for the city. Clayton said it has been high because of the claim involving a wreck with former Henry Police Chief Mark Herndon and finally dropped.

Prior to the meeting, a citizen suggested the city send out a newsletter to all citizens who receive water bills discussing all the changes. She suggested the letter would help let citizens know of changes with the city attorney, police structure, meeting time change, and more. The board seemed to think it was a good idea and Mayor Michael Gross suggested to save money, they could leave the letters at city hall for residents to come by and pickup instead of mailing them out.

Early Voting Totals for Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Even more Henry Countians turned out on Early Voting's 2nd day than its first. Henry County Administrator of Elections DeLania Green said 237 people came to the Election Commission Office to cast their ballots on Thursday. The two day total so far is up to 507.

Paris Quota Club Holds Bi-Monthly Meeting

Wanda Hughes receives the Stars in our Crown Award. (Martha McFadden photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Quota Club met earlier this week at Lee Academy Lunchroom and recognized several ladies for a combined 65 years of service to quota. Those recognized were Peggy Owen, 33 years of service, Suzanne Richter, 15 years, Emily Walker, 12 years, Becki White, 4 years, and Leisa Wimberley, 1 year.

Wanda Hughes was awarded the Stars in our Crown Award for donating a ham and handmade quilt for fundraisers.

The Quota Club set their annual Spring In-house auction for March 9th and the disadvantaged women and children’s committee is collecting new and gently worn shoes for the Heritage Girls to raise money for summer camp. Deadline for shoe collection is April 15th.

They are also asking members to save prescription pill bottles where the label can be removed for the Malawi Project. People in Africa don’t have bottles to put medicine in at clinics so these will be sent over to them to use. The Paris Quota Club will meet again on February 24th at Lee Academy Lunchroom.

$20K Worth of Items Stolen from Storage Unit

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that while a man was staying in the hospital, his belongings were moved from his residence to a storage shed on Hwy. 79N. Someone appeared to have broken the lock to the unit and had stolen over $20K worth of items. Items stolen include two dirt bikes, a three wheeler, welders, amps, a generator, liquor barrels, various tools and much more. Police continue to investigate with no suspects at this time.

Brently D. Smith, age 38 of Gasden, Tennessee, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assaults, and various warrants. He was placed on $10K bond.

Hearts And Soles 5K Run/Walk To Be Held February 13th

McKenzie, Tenn. - The Hearts and Soles 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on February 13th, at McKenzie City Park.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a kid’s 1 mile at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 9 a.m.

The first place male and female finishers will receive a pair of Costa sunglasses.

This event will benefit the new Beating Hearts Help Center, opening in Carroll County.

Decatur County Audit Shows Major Issues

Decaturville, Tenn.- The Comptroller’s annual audit of Decatur County government describes several serious problems that should demand immediate attention by county leaders and elected officials.

The audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015 includes 19 findings related to county government operations. Eight of these findings were also noted in last year’s report but had not been corrected.

Auditors identified issues which include a failure to maintain current accounting records, purchasing procedures, expenditures exceeding appropriations, and inadequate documentation to support $65,242 in accrued leave and compensatory time payments.

For the third year in a row, multiple funds required material audit adjustments in order to correct year-end financial statements. Account balances in the General, Highway/Public Works, and General Debt Service funds required adjustments totaling $552,087, $162,307, and $201,437, respectively. These adjustments are often a strong indicator of a county’s inability to maintain its accounting records.

Auditors also questioned the Decatur County Sheriff’s use of federal surplus military equipment. Auditors noted that several items acquired by the county were found on the sheriff’s personal property. Other equipment was not being used for law enforcement or counter-drug activities. The failure to follow program guidelines resulted in questioned costs of $403,570.

“This is the most troubling audit that our office has released so far for fiscal year 2015,” Comptroller Justin P. Wilson said. “The findings in this report give me great concern about the financial processes in Decatur County government. All county leaders and elected officials must get serious about correcting the problems identified.”

To view the audit online, go to: http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/la/

HC Prevention Coalition Represented on Day on the Hill

Nashville- Erica Rawls, the coordinator for Henry County Prevention Coalition, recently attended PAT Day on the Hill on February 9th. Substance abuse prevention professionals joined from across the state to highlight the presence of coalitions and the great work that is being done in communities. 

This is the first annual Day on the Hill organized by the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (PAT) that represents substance abuse prevention coalitions across Tennessee. PAT advocates for policies and environmental change that facilitate substance abuse prevention.

Henry County Prevention Coalition is one of over 50 community-based prevention coalitions in Tennessee that works to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco use by underage youth along with reducing the misuse of prescription medications and other illicit drugs. Coalitions bring together diverse partners from all sectors of the community to identify factors and systems that facilitate the misuse and abuse of substances and develop evidence-based comprehensive strategies to address the issues impacting their community.

The impact of coalitions is evident. Student surveys conducted statewide indicate a marked decrease in the use of alcohol by individuals between the ages of 13 and 18 and a significant drop in tobacco use by 13-17 year olds. Meanwhile, a sharp increase in marijuana use by adolescents as well as a slight but startling rise in the rate of prescription drug misuse underscores the necessity of prevention programming in Tennessee.

Many coalitions are funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services but are largely reliant on support from individuals and organizations in the communities which they serve.

For more information or to find the coalition in your community, visit www.tncoalitions.org

Coordinated School Health: Feb. is Heart Disease Awareness Month

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Coordinated School Health reminds us February is National Heart Disease Awareness Month. Cardiovascular Disease, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. Statistics show about 600K people die each year of heart disease and over 700K have a heart attack. Heart disease does not discriminate against race, gender, or ethnicity.

Coordinated School Health and the American Heart Association want all individuals to know and be familiar with the warning signs of a heart attack which include chest discomfort, shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort, and increased fatigue that may or may not be accompanied with cold sweats, nausea, or light headedness. If you or someone you are with has any of the signs or symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately to get the person to a hospital to be evaluated as it could possibly save a life.

Coordinated School Health and the American Heart Association also want to remind everyone the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke warning signs include face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. If a person shows any of the symptoms, even if they go away, call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately.

Quitting smoking, eating healthier with less saturated fats in your diet, exercising, and not excessively drinking alcohol are ways to improve your heart health. For questions contact your school’s nurse or Coordinated School Health at 644-3916.

Friends of PLSP To Host Valentines Dance on Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Friends of Paris Landing State Park will have a 2016 Valentine’s Dance at the Don Ridgeway Conference Center on Saturday February 13th. The doors open at 7pm. Entertainment will be “The Piano Man” playing all your favorite dance and romance songs. Tickets are $30 per couple and can be bought Saturday at the Inn lobby from 3-6pm or at the door at 7pm.

Henry County Travels to Rossview Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Rossview Thursday night for District 10-AAA basketball. The game was postponed from Tuesday night because of winter weather. The Lady Patriots tip at 6pm with men’s action to follow. Our broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com. You can also listen via your phone by calling 415-325-0723.

209 Vote on First Day of Early Voting

Paris,Tenn.- Cold temperatures didn't deter a large number of Henry Countians from getting to the Election Commission Office Wednesday to cast their ballot for the March 1st primary. 209 people voted on Early Voting's first day. Early Voting will contiue weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturdays 9am to Noon thru February 23rd.

MSU Educator Named Teacher of the Year

Murray, Ky.- Dr. Todd Edwin Hill, Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Murray State University, has been awarded 2016 College and University Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA). The award will officially be presented at this February’s KMEA Conference in Louisville. Hill has been nominated for the award by the KMEA First District music educators four of the past nine years.

In his tenth year at MSU, Hill directs the MSU Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Big Band, the Blue, Gold, and White Jazz Combos, and has taught a variety of courses in arranging, musicianship, music education, and jazz history. Under his leadership, the MSU Jazz Orchestra has played at numerous state conferences, toured regionally, won Outstanding Big Band Performance at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, and performed at the prestigious Mid-West International Band Clinic.

The MSU Jazz Orchestra’s 2015 CD release Why We CAN Have Nice Things is available on Mark Records. He coordinates the annual MSU-Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival which draws hundreds of young musicians to the campus each spring. He also directs the MSU Town & Gown Community Band.

Hill holds Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from MSU, and the Doctor of Education (EdD) from Boise State University. Hill has been active as guest clinician and conductor for concert and jazz bands in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon, and Nevada. 

Hill has led his own professional jazz groups (The Todd Hill Orchestra and Quintet) for over thirty years. As a free-lance pianist or trombonist, he has performed with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Gary Morris, Denise LaSalle, Stella Parton, The Moody Blues, Byron Stripling, Allen Vizzutti, Chris Vadala, Ron Wilkins, Jamey Aebersold, Denis DiBlasio, Buddy Childers, Greg Abate, Rich Matteson, and the Paducah (Ky.) and Jackson (Tenn.) Symphony Orchestras.

During a twenty-nine year career in education, Hill has held positions at Milan (Tenn.) Middle and High Schools, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Boise State University, and University of the Cumberlands, where he was Director of Bands before returning to his alma mater. His arrangements and compositions for tuba-euphonium ensembles and trombone choirs are currently available through Cimarron Music Press.

His arrangements for jazz ensembles are published by Walrus Music/eJazzLines. He writes for marching bands with Fannin Musical Productions. In addition to multiple album appearances as a pianist in a variety of genres, he has recorded a solo gospel piano CD, and three jazz CD releases under his own group’s name. He is the pianist/organist at Benton First United Methodist Church.

Hill was named Friend of Music by KMEA’s District One Music Educators in 2007, and was awarded the Charles and Marlene Johnson Outstanding Music Faculty Award in 2015. He frequently presents clinics at jazz festivals and music education conferences, and authored an article on jazz pedagogy for The Instrumentalist magazine.

Hill is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota (Friend of the Arts), Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, National Association for Music Education, Kentucky Music Educators Association, College Band Directors National Association, Jazz Education Network, and the Murray Rotary Club.

Election Commission Office Busy With First Day Early Voters

Paris, Tenn.- Wednesday is the first day of Early Voting for the March 1st Primary and as of just after 10am, about 50 people had already showed up and cast their ballot. Early Voting continues until 4:30pm each weekday and will run from 9am to Noon on Saturdays during the Early Voting period which ends February 23rd. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Evening of Chocolate Delight Well Attended Tuesday Night

Paris, Tenn.- Jacque Jackson and Wendy Wratten of A La Mode Sweet Shoppe in Paris were just one of over two dozen businesses who participated in the HCMC Evening of Chocolate celebration at Inman School. Money raised in the effort will benefit women who cannot afford mammograms.

4-H Speech Winners Announced

Paris, Tenn.- The 4-H County Public Speaking Contest was held Monday evening at Inman and here are the winners.

Landon Anderson, of Paris Elementary was the 4th grade winner and Jocelyn Parker of Paris Elementary was Alternate. Finalists were Kamryn Hendon, Tyler Puckett, Annabelle Singleton, and Kailey Jordon, all of Lakewood.

For the 5th grade, Ella Seaton, student at Lakewood, was the winner and PES’s Paul Tusa was Alternate. Finalists in the 5th grade were Lee Hayes and Jack Kibbler of PES, Haven Dunlap of Lakewood, and Jackson Ridgeway of PES.

6th grade speech winner was Inman’s Taylor Dunagan and Alternate was Leslie Green of Lakewood.

7th grade speech winner was Chase Webb, of Henry School and Lakewood’s Faith Hutson was Alternate.

8th grade speech winner was Abby Webb, of Inman Middle School and Britian Hutson, of Lakewood, was the Alternate.

Parks Dept. Offering Indoor Tennis Training

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Parks and Recreation Department along with the Northwest Tennessee Racquet Club will be providing a Tennis Training Program for kids ages 11-14. The program is designed as an introduction to tennis for this age group as well as to improve and develop those who already participate in the sport.

Coach J.F. Kirk, with more than 35 years teaching and coaching experience, will direct the program with assistance of several HCHS Varsity Tennis Team players. The program will be indoors, full court, at the Paris Civic Center Gym. It will run each Saturday from 5-7pm beginning February 20th and running until March 12th.

Signups are being taken now and cost is $5 with a limited amount of kids allowed to participate. Call the Parks Office at 644-2505 or Coach Kirk at 731-441-2155 for more information.

Calloway County Sheriff's Office Asks for Public Assistance on Missing Woman

Murray, Ky.- The Calloway County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public assistance to help locate a woman that has not been seen or heard from since 12:30pm on February 9th. Friends and family of Jennifer Hicks have informed the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office that she hasn’t been seen and might be driving a white 2010 Pontiac G6. If you have any information on her whereabouts please contact the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office at 270-753-3151.

Early Voting Begins Wed.; Runs Thru Feb. 23rd

Paris, Tenn.- Early Voting for the March 1st Primary begins Wednesday and runs thru February 23rd. Early Voting will be held at the Henry County Election Commission Office only, located inside the Courthouse Annex, on Washington Street. Hours for early voting will be 8:30am to 4:30pm each weekday and 9am to Noon on Saturday.

Henry County voters will not only be voting in the Presidential Preference Primary but also in a couple of local contested races. Voters will choose one of three candidates for Henry County Road Supervisor as Incumbent Ray Norwood is not seeking re-election. Richie Chilcutt, Steve Kuykendall, and Brian Solowey are seeking the position with Chilcutt and Kuykendall running as republicans, and Solowey as an independent. Solowey will be back on August’s ballot against whoever receives the most votes between Chilcutt and Kuykendall.

Voters will also choose between incumbent Charles Van Dyck and Catherine Herrera for Property Tax Assessor. Van Dyck is running in the democratic primary and Herrera on the republican primary. Both will face off against each other again in August at the County General Election.

Harrelson, Rhea Pre-K Accepting Applications In February

Paris, Tenn.- Northwest Tennessee Head Start, Rhea Elementary, and Harrelson School are currently accepting applications for the enrollment of children for the 2016-17 program year for the Rhea Pre-K and Harrelson Pre-K Head Start centers.

Stop by Rhea Elementary, using the Harding Road entrance on the back side of the school, Monday and Tuesday February 22nd and 23rd from 9am to 4:30pm and on Thursday February 25th from Noon to 6pm at Paris Vernon Place office at 924 John Lee Drive.

Harrelson Pre-K parents can stop by Thursday February 25th from Noon to 6pm at Vernon Place and again on Monday February 29th from 9am to 4:30pm at Harrelson School at 143 Puryear Country Club Drive.

Parents should be sure and bring the following with them: proof of child’s age with a birth certificate, social security card for enrolling child, social security number and birthday for each family member, name address, and phone number of three or more emergency contacts the child can be released to, TennCare or insurance cards, and proof of income.

If you can’t make the scheduled times for your school please call to make other arrangements. Call Lisa Ashley at 642-8011 ext. 2463 or Rakaya Humphreys at 642-4704.

HCHS vs. Rossview Game Scheduled for Tues. Postponed

Clarksville, Tenn.- Tuesday night's basketball games at Rossview has been postponed because of snow covered roads in Henry and Montgomery Counties. The games will be made up Thursday night.

Guthrie Road Closed Wed. For Culvert Replacement

Paris, Tenn.- Guthrie Road will be close Wednesday February 10th for culvert replacement. The closure will be approximately 4 miles Northeast of Highway 641 North and 3 tenths of a mile South of Edgar Cemetery Road. Alternate Routes are Old Paris Murray Road, Chapel Hill Road, McIntosh Road, and Edgar Cemetery Road. Guthrie Road will be back open Wednesday afternoon for afternoon traffic.

Snowfall Causes Numerous Accidents

Paris, Tenn.- Snow that fell early Tuesday morning caused havoc all over Henry County as officers worked several wrecks. Hwy. 77, 79N, and 641N were the biggest trouble spots with many vehicles sliding off the roadways into the ditches.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said 641N just before getting into Puryear was particularly slick as traffic going up the hill was jammed and couldn’t get up while several vehicles coming down the hill slid into the ditch.

Light snow is possible throughout the early afternoon with accumulation of ½ to an inch in our area. Roads will remain slick as temperatures will not get above freezing today so if you have to be on the roads, use extreme caution.

Evening of Chocolate Delight Still on For Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- The Evening of Chocolate Delight will continue as planned Tuesday evening at Inman Middle School Gym. The Women’s Health Advisory Council will put on the event and several vendors will be on hand to offer everything chocolate and raise money for those who can’t afford mammogram screenings. Evening of Chocolate Delight will run from 5-6:30pm.

Early Morning Snowfall Prompts HCSS, PSSD to Close Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- Snowfall early Tuesday morning has started to cause slick spots on some roads in Henry County, especially the northeastern parts. Dr. Brian Norton, Director of Schools for the Henry County School System, said because of the snow covering roads buses travel on in the northeastern sections schools will be closed on Tuesday February 9th. The Paris Special School District is also closed as Superintendent Mike Brown made the decision just before 6am after checking city streets. Other schools in our listening area closed Tuesday include Houston, Stewart, Montgomery, Dickson, Humphreys, Benton, and Weakley Counties.

TDEC Holds Public Meeting Concerning Mercury in Large Mouth Bass

Buchanan, Tenn - Leaders from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) met at Paris Landing State Park to help answer questions about a recent precautionary fish consumption advisory issued for the Big Sandy River and Embayment.

TDEC recently announced the addition of Big Sandy River and its embayment on Kentucky Reservoir to Tennessee’s list of precautionary fish consumption advisories. The advisory is a result of fish tissue levels of mercury that exceed the trigger point of 0.3 parts per million, and is only in effect for species of bass. The Big Sandy River is in Henry, Benton, Carroll, and Henderson counties of West Tennessee.

Mr. Rudy Collins, Executive Director for External Affairs in Jackson, who has been with the organization for 42 years, began the meeting by telling those in attendance about the situation for the advisory that has been put in place concerning bass in the Big Sandy River.

Mr. Greg Denton of the Central Office addresses audience (Cheryl Allen photo)

Mr. Collins then turned the floor over to Greg Denton of the Central Office. Mr. Denton explained that he himself has been working with TDEC for 34 years and has worked with Mr. Collins extensively with the situation concerning the advisory.

Mr. Denton stated that the purpose of the meeting was to advise people of the situation at hand and to keep them informed. “When the quantity of contaminates in fish are present, we have to informed the public. It is not something that we enjoy doing, but for the safety of people who consume fish, they need to be warned of the dangers, and that is what this meeting is about”. “The FDA sets and enforces standards of quality, but the FDA does not regulate the quality of fish outside of interstate commerce” stated Denton.

The primary reasons state agencies monitor for contaminants in fish tissue is pollutant monitoring. Contaminants undetectable in water may concentrate and be detectable in fish tissue. The other is the protection of public health. Contaminated fish tissue is a potentially important pathway for human exposure to toxicants and carcinogens. Many states, including Tennessee, allow commercial fishing in their waterways. These fish are typically sold locally.

Mr. Denton explained that Tennessee began monitoring fish tissue contaminant levels in the mid 70’s. He stated that some of the contaminants of concern, like PCB’s and chlordane, were still legal to use at that time. Near 1980, the staff with the Tennessee Department of Public Health, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, and the Tennessee Valley Authority realized that some bodies of water in Tennessee had levels of contaminants in fish that the federal Food and Drug Administration would not have allowed to be sold in interstate commerce. These fish were being eaten by local residents unaware of the risk.

At that point, the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act was amended to instruct the Commissioner of the now Department of Environment and Conservation to “inspect water of the state where good cause is shown that the public health is threatened by pollutants in the waters, and, upon verification by the commissioner, post or cause to be posted such signs as required to give notice to the public of the potential or actual dangers of specific uses of such waters or restrictions of uses of such waters’.

There are two levels of Fishing Advisories, one, Do Not Consume Warnings and the other is a precautionary advisory stated Denton. Mr. Denton explained that the Do Not Consume advisory is put in place when levels are elevated enough to recommend that the general population should avoid eating any amounts of any type of fish from that water body.

Mr. Denton stated “the other advisory is what is placed now on the Big Sandy River, Precautionary Advisory. This advisory recommends that sensitive groups, such as children, pregnant or nursing women should avoid eating fish in general, or in this case, bass. All others should limit consumption to one meal per month”. In the last ten years, most new advisories have been for mercury, just like what is found in the Big Sandy River concerning bass.

The capacity filled room was explained that Mercury is classified as a heavy metal, which is very dense and has the rare characteristic for metals of being liquid at room temperature. Some metals like iron, selenium and copper are essential nutrients in a very small amounts, but not mercury. It is a very potent neurological toxin. Mr. Denton stated that Mercury was responsible for Mad Hatter’s Disease in France and Danbury Shakes in the United States. Denton went on to say that recent studies have shown that even at low concentrations; mercury can cause development problems in children.

In 2001, the EPA and FDA issued a joint statement that they recommend that states use a mercury level of 0.3mg/kg in fish tissue as the trigger for protecting sensitive local populations. In 2007, advisories adding mercury as a pollutant in multiple waters that had an existing advisory for a different contaminant. In 2009, published a second round of new advisories.

Miles on Scale for Big Sandy River (Cheryl Allen photo)

In 2009, the Big Sandy River and Embayment Monitoring began when levels began to rise in bass that were sampled. Mr. Denton explained that Big Sandy began to become an issue when levels were tested in different areas of the river and the levels became higher as the river went up.

Scales of Mercury Levels in Big Sandy River (Cheryl Allen photo)

Mr. Denton explained that the levels of bass vs. crappie were considerably different and he stated “it could possibly be that crappie are a smaller fish with a shorter life span and not as much muscular as in a bass, and muscle is where the mercury is tested at on fish”. The levels of mercury have increased in the Big Sandy area, and that is a true concern.

A lengthy discussion was had when it came to fishing tournaments that are held at Paris Landing. Mr. Denton stated that he didn’t believe that would be an issue because the fishing tournaments are all ‘catch and release’. It was asked if fish that are caught in the Big Sandy River are released into the lake at Paris Landing, would this be contaminating the fish that are already here.

Mr. Denton explained that the mercury is in the muscle tissue of the fish and cannot be transmitted to another fish like a disease can be with humans, and did not feel that would be an issue. He also stated when asked if it could be passed genetically, and that answer was no as well.  

Another question that was asked was if crappie was tested, and Mr. Denton’s response to that was “not at this time”. “Crappie has been tested all over the state, and there has been no signs of mercury in any crappie at this time”. Mr. Denton went on to say that “metals act different, from organic to chemical, and that bass are a very muscular fish and they look for mercury in the muscular part of the fish.

When asked how did mercury get into the Big Sandy River in the first place, Mr. Denton explained that anywhere from illegal dumping to the rain. The mercury settles in the sediment of river causing certain fish to become more susceptible to it, and in this case, largemouth bass.

 He stated that catfish are safe for consumption and that bass needs to be checked because they are the top of the food chain. “Just like us humans, we are at the top of the food chain, and when we consume to much fish that has high levels of mercury we can become very sick, especially pregnant women, women who are nursing and small children.

Mr. Denton stated near the end of the meeting that on every sign that is posted will soon be able to have the capability of being scanned with a cell phone that will link to the website for further updates and more information.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session on Monday evening and moved money around in the Henry County Sheriff’s Office budget to help pay for increased cost of medical supplies for inmates.

Sheriff Monte Belew told the budget committee that higher medication cost and more need for prescriptions at the jail has caused the need for more money in that line item. Sheriff Belew said they have bought medication in bulk and will last them the rest of the fiscal year with moving around $15K from other accounts, and no new money is needed in the budget.

$10K more has been spent on medical needs year to date and prisoners have fluctuated at or around 164, where they are as of Monday evening. Sheriff Belew said the Henry County jail recently lost some Cheatham County inmates that they were receiving $37 per day from the state on. He said the county will also likely lose Stewart County Inmates soon as their jail is about to open. Henry County is reimbursed $35 per day per inmate for the Stewart County inmates.

The budget committee also approved budget transfers of $15K from Unappropriated Fund Balance to Maintenance and Repair in the County Buildings budget. County Mayor Brent Greer said the roof at the annex needed some emergency repairs and the HVAC unit went out and had to be replaced at the Driver’s License Station. Also the money helps finish out the improvements in security at the court house along with fixing an elevator at the courthouse that went out last month.

In the Election Commissions budget, $4K was moved from Unappropriated Fund Balance to Legal Notices to pay for the legal notice and sample ballot that will run prior to the upcoming March 1st primary. The federal government will reimburse the cost since this is a Presidential Primary.

Budget Committee members moved $885 around from travel to office supplies in the Register of Deeds budget as Register of Deeds Pam Martin has requested a TV monitor screen to be installed in the office to be able to see if someone suspicious is entering the building. A software company has reviewed the Juvenile Court’s monitor system and the Register of Deeds office can hook right into them.

$9K was also moved around in the Solid Waste Fund to take care of used tires at the landfill. County Mayor Greer said this money comes from the state to help dispose of used tires.

Highway Dept. Receives Praise For Snow Removal

Highway Dept. board members discuss items on the agenda. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Road Board meeting, Board Chairman Bobby Milam told board members he had received several calls back in January when the snow fell about how great a job the highway department did on clearing roads. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said they hired some extra help a couple days when the snow fell and that paid off greatly for the highway department. Milam said many citizens complemented the promptness as to which roads were cleared after we received 5-6 inches and more of snow.

During the meeting, board members learned the department had went ahead and purchased another snow plow. The plow will go on the front of one of the dump trucks and be used to clear roads when winter weather falls.

Supervisor Ray Norwood also told the board he had engineering firms looking at ways to fix ongoing issues with the levy at Springville bottoms as heavy rains continue to wash away parts of soil near it. Board Chairman Bobby Milam said he didn’t think it would be an easy or cheap fix but its something they will have to look at and deal with in the future.

Vital Farms Meeting Huge Success

Paris, Tenn.-  Over 90 area farmers and their families packed the meeting room at Farm Bureau Insurance recently to learn about Vital Farms Pasture-Raised egg program.  Terry Osborne, Recruiter for Vital Farms, presented a detailed outline of the requirements and benefits of participating in the Vital Farms egg program. The Chamber’s Agriculture Committee organized the event and they were pleased with the interest from area farmers.

 “The meeting was a huge success,” according to David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Alliance.  “The Chamber’s Agriculture Committee is always looking for ways to promote agriculture and opportunities for area farmers to supplement their farm income,” Hamilton added.

Vital Farms is the largest national distributor of pasture-raised eggs in the U.S. producing pasture-raised USDA Certified Organic eggs under the brands Vital Farms and Pasture Verde. By creating the category of ‘pasture raised’, Vital Farms has established the first-ever scalable and sustainable pastured farming model with more than 90 independent producers and growing.

Vital Farms is working to locate 50-100 pasture-raised egg farms in Henry and surrounding counties in Tennessee and southwest Kentucky. “We are very excited about bringing this opportunity to the area, and we believe this is a great opportunity to diversify any family farming operation,” stated Dennis Yoder, Area Recruiter for Vital Farms.” Yoder continued, “We would also like to thank the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee on behalf of Vital Farms for their efforts in coordinating this event.” 

Vital Farms’ stakeholder model is unparalleled in supporting, empowering and compensating their crewmembers, clients, customers and their farmers and the communities they represent.  With their core mission being to bring ethically and sustainably produced food to the table with a more humane and ethical approach to farming, Vital Farms raises healthy, happy egg-laying hens outside on fresh pastures producing an authentic pasture-raised product.

To learn more about Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs program visit their website at www.vitalfarms.com.  To set up an appointment to discuss this program one-on-one with a Vital Farms recruiter, please contact Dennis Yoder at 731-336-4131or dennis.yoder@vitalfarms.com.

Free Flu Vaccine Now Available at Henry Count Health Dept.

Paris, Tenn.- Starting Monday February 8th, free flu vaccinations will be available at the Henry County Health Department for both adults and children. The Henry County Health Department reminds everyone the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.

Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older and is especially important for infants, young children, pregnant women, adults over age 50 and for those with chronic medical conditions.

The Henry County Health Department will provide flu vaccinations at no cost to patients until the vaccine is depleted. Patients may walk in to request a flu vaccine any time during regular clinic hours. Appointments can also be made by calling the Health Department.

Patton Brothers Do Well at National Silver Gloves Tourney

Cam'ron Patton Wins National Title; Brother Demarcus Makes Semis

Cam'ron Patton with his title belt. (Miranda Moon Photo)

Independence, Mo.- Henry County has another national champion to brag on. Cam’ron Patton won the National Silver Gloves Championship last week at the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Independence, Missouri. Cam’ron and his brother Demarcus traveled with the Paris Downtown Boxing Club to the three day event.

Cam’ron was also named as Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament as he competed with over 50 boxers in his age group. Cam’ron fights in the 10-11 age bracket and weighs in at 107. Head Coach of the Paris Downtown Boxing Derik Moon said, “this is a huge accomplishment as this is a National Ranking Tournament and you have to fight multiple times in your state and region to even qualify. We have some amazing kids with outstanding talent in our gym.”

Silver Gloves is a ranking tournament for amateur boxers ages 8-15. Both brothers attained State and Regional Championships before advancing to Nationals.

Demarcus Patton defeated his opponent and made it into the Semi-Finals before losing a decision. Coach Derik Moon said he “expects to see Title Belts in Demarcus’s future because he is only 8 years old and has been in the gym less than a full year.”

Cam’ron and Demarcus are children of Fran Patton and Nicholas Howard and both attend Paris Elementary School.

Cam'ron Patton, Coach Derik Moon, Demarcus Patton. (Miranda Moon photos)

Two Arrested After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department arrested two men after he made a traffic stop over the weekend. Ptl. Jackson noticed the headlight was out and pulled over a white Monte Carlo driving on Memorial Drive. The passender was identified as Walter W. Kenniston, age 25, of Camden and the driver was identified as Leroy Richard Stocker, age 28, of Big Sandy.

Ptl. Jackson smelled alcohol and asked both men to exit the vehicle to which Stocker refused saying there was no warrant to search the car. Backup arrived and both men were eventually arrested as a small baggie of marijuana was found inside the vehicle during a search. Stocker was charged with driving without a license, resisting arrest, simple possession of schedule VI, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Kenniston was charged with public intoxication.

Stewart, Houston Counties Awarded Money Thru Archives Grant

Nashville- The Tennessee State Library and Archives has awarded grants to 29 organizations across the state to perserve historical records and improve the facilities where those records are stored. In all, the State Library and Archives awarded more than $95,000 worth of archival development grants.

These funds are typically used to pay for items such as shelving, cabinets, archival folders, boxes, dehumidifiers and tools used by archivists.

"These grant funds help county archives and other organizations that keep historical records undertake projects that improve the way those records are collected and stored," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I'm pleased that the Tennessee State Library and Archives is able to provide this needed financial support."

The governmental organizations receiving grants this year are: Blount County Register of Deeds - $1,550 Blount County Archives - $7,000 Claiborne County Archives - $5,000 Dyer County Archives - $7,000 Giles County Old Records Department - $1,000 Houston County Archives - $7,000 Lincoln County Archives - $4,000 Maury County Archives - $2,982 Monroe County Archives - $2,300 Moore County Archives - $3,000 Morgan County Archives - $4,000 Trousdale County Archives - $3,000 Stewart County Archives - $4,400 Williamson County Archives - $5,000 Wilson County Archives - $3,500

The nongovernmental organizations receiving grants this year are: Bemis Mill Village (Madison County) - $3,700 Clay County Museum - $1,500 Dayton Public Library (Rhea County) - $1,000 Etowah Historical Commission (McMinn County) - $3,000 Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia (Washington County) - $3,000 Methodist Church, Tennessee Conference (Davidson County) - $3,043 Ornamental Metal Museum (Shelby County) - $3,300 Rhea County Historical & Genealogical Society - $2,500 Scarritt-Bennett Center (Davidson County) - $2,000 Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives (Davidson County) - $1,000 Stax Museum (Shelby County) - $2,700 Tennessee Walking Horse National Museum (Bedford County) - $3,300 Travellers Rest Historic House (Davidson County) - $1,725 University of Memphis, C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa (Shelby County) - $3,000

UTM To Host 16th Annual Civil Rights Conference Feb. 14-20

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin’s 16th annual Civil Rights Conference, hosted Feb. 14-20, will focus on “Unfinished Business: the Continuing Struggle for Civil Rights in America.” Rev. William Barber II will give the keynote address at 7 p.m., Feb. 18.

Barber is currently the chairman of the North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the largest chapter in the southern United States and second-largest in the nation. He is also the leader of the “Moral Monday Movement,” which defends against attacks on voting rights and social programs affecting black and poor people. Barber received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University.

Conference events begin Feb. 14 with a showing of the Oscar-winning film “Selma,” which focuses on the 1965 civil rights battle in Selma, Ala. The screening will be held at 6 and 9 p.m. in Watkins Auditorium.

Dr. Marcus Bright, a Martin native and executive director of Education for a Better America, will offer insights into modern-day educational issues at 1 p.m., Feb. 15. Award-winning actress and Memphis activist Florence Roach will perform a piece titled “Unfinished Business” at 7 p.m. that evening.

The UT Martin percussion ensemble will present their acclaimed “Roots of Rhythm” performance at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, and again at noon, Feb. 17, in the Harriet Fulton Theatre of the Fine Arts Building. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for students and children.

The Hortense-Parrish Writing Center will host a workshop on black writers at 12:15 p.m., Feb. 17, in room 209 of the Andy Holt Humanities Building. The workshop will focus on “Blackness in Comics: Superheroes and Black History.” A presentation titled “To Be Black and Alive at UTM” will explore what it means to be a black student on UT Martin’s predominately white campus at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

Thursday, Feb. 18, is the conference’s busiest day featuring a variety of speakers. Dr. Errol Henderson, associate professor of political science at Penn State University, will present “The Historical Significance of the Civil Rights Movement” at 9:30 a.m. Sheila Bright, fine art photographer, will speak on “Black Lives Matter and the Historic Civil Rights Movement” at 11 a.m.

Lonnie King, a founder of the student movement in 1960s Atlanta, Ga., will address “The Atlanta Student Movement of the 1960s and Lessons for Today” at 1 p.m. Bob Zellner, who joined the civil rights movement despite family connections to the Klu Klux Klan, will follow with a lecture titled “White Southerners and the Civil Rights Movement” at 2:30 p.m.

The UT Martin Collegiate Gospel Choir will perform before Barber’s keynote address at 7 p.m. Barber’s appearance is co-sponsored by UT Martin Honors Program’s Academic Speaker Series.

All presentations will be given in Watkins Auditorium of the Boling University Center unless otherwise noted.

The Roots of Rhythm performance will also be presented at the Discovery Park of America in Union City at 11 a.m., Feb. 19, and at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Feb. 20, in cooperation with the conference. This performance is included with the price of park admission.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

UT Martin is one of only two public universities in the country to host an annual Civil Rights Conference.

For more information, contact Dr. David Barber, associate professor of history and conference coordinator, at 731-881-7465 or by email at dbarber@utm.edu.

Winders Brothers Do Well at Vandy Indoor Meet

Nashville- Team Mansfield Track Club competed in the Vanderbilt High School Invitational Indoor meet on Saturday. Javan Winders finished 2nd in the Boys mile, which saw 31 runners compete. Javan’s time was 4:20. Titus Winders came in 7th overall out of 33 runners in the boys 2 mile race with a time of 9:46. Both boys will run again on February 20th at the University of Kentucky High School Invitational.

Reminder: TDEC Public Meeting Concerning Fish Advisory Mon. at 6pm

Buchanan, Tenn.- The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold a community meeting at 6pm Monday evening at Paris Landing State Park Inn Conference Room A. The meeting will be to address the recent Fish Advisory on the Big Sandy embayment where mercury levels were found to exceed trigger points in bass caught in the area. All citizens are welcome to attend Monday night’s meeting.

Gleason Man Arrested For Public Intoxication

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, McKenzie Police Department requested assistance on Highway 79, South of Paris, at approximately the 1300 block in regards to two people fighting on the side of the highway.

Upon arrival, there were two females and a male. The male was sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car with the door open, with his feet on the ground. The male was asked for his identification and stated for responders to obtain a warrant. A strong of odor of alcohol was detected on his person.

The male, identified as Ryan Mileski, of 904 College Street in Gleason, was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication.

Mileski was placed on $500 bond.      

HCMC To Hold Community Health Screenings

Paris, Tenn. - Henry County Medical Center will hold Community Health Screenings on Thursday, February 11th, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Paris Civic Center, located at 650 Volunteer Drive.

No appointment is necessary and Henry County Medical Center will also offer educational materials.

Offered screenings will be free Blood Pressure checks, free Blood Sugar checks, $3 Total Cholesterol, $10 Lipid Panel, and free Dexa Heel Scans.

Fasting is required for the Blood Sugar, Total Cholesterol and Lipid Panel.

For more information, contact Lori, RN, BSN Community Educator at 731-644-8269.

Patriots Split Games with Springfield Saturday Afternoon

Paris, Tenn - The Patriots were back in basketball action Saturday afternoon when they hosted Springfield at Gamlin Gymnasium. The Lady Patriots once again were victorious in basketball action with a final score at the buzzer of 56-24.

The Patriots did not give up the fight to attempt the win over Springfield right down to the final shot of the game. The Patriots lost to Springfield with a final score of 48-46.

The Patriots will be back in basketball action on Tuesday February 9th when they travel to face off against Rossview. The broadcast begins at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1 FM, or you can hear the game online at wmufradio.com, or you can also listen via your phone by calling 415-325-0723.

Burglary Reported at Harrison Lane Apt. in Paris

Paris, Tenn - A victim of theft reported to Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department that when she left her apartment on Harrison Lane and returned the next morning, she discovered that a screen had been cut out of the back bedroom window.

The report noted that also there were pry marks on the back door as well as the door handle was loose. At the time of the report, all that was reported missing was a black 19” TV.

Missing Rings Reported Stolen

Paris, Tenn - A resident of Chickasaw Road in Paris reported that her engagement ring and wedding ring was missing from her night stand. The victim informed officers of the Paris Police Department that she questioned a family member who stated that he took the rings and pawned them at Cash America Pawn in Paris, according to the report.

The victim provided officers with a receipt of the rings, that provided a value of $1300.00. Officers of the Paris Police department made contact with Cash America Pawn and the report noted that the pawn shop had no record of the suspect pawning the rings. As of the time of the report, officers have been unable to make contact with the suspect and the case is still under investigation.

Antiques Reported Stolen at Local Storage Unit

Paris, Tenn - A report of theft was also reported at A-1 Storage in Paris, when the victim went to her storage unit and seen that the lock was cut off and multiple items were missing. The report stated that  items taken were, antique glassware by McCoy, Curio Cabinet and other antique items with a value of $1200.00. According to the report by Officer Derek Greenhill, the case is still under investigation.

Henry County Woman Charged with Leaving the Scene

Huntingdon, Tenn – The Huntingdon Police Department received a call in reference to someone striking a utility pole and a mailbox, then leaving the scene. Upon arrival, Inv. Joey Hedge spoke with the complainant and the person who witnessed the accident.

The witness informed Inv. Hedge that he seen the accident and immediately turned around, followed the vehicle and took a picture of the tag. The witness also gave a description of the woman driving the vehicle.

With the picture, Inv. Hedge was able to run the tag and discover that the tag came back to Mrs. Ashley Gaut of Mansfield Road in Mansfield.  The information that the witness gave Inv. Hedge matched the description of the said vehicle, and it did come back as a Henry County address.

At that point, Inv. Hedge made contact with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and they made contact with Ashley Gaut. The report noted that Ashley Gaut did go to the Huntingdon Police department the next day.

According to the report, she was advised of her Miranda Rights, and Gaut admitted to leaving the scene of an accident. At that point, she was charged with said offense.

The value of the mailbox was placed at $75.00 and and estimated value of the utility pole was placed at $2,000.00.

Save the Date - Runway for a Cure 2016

Paris, Tenn -The 5th Anniversary Runway for a Cure event is set for Friday, March 11th at Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris, Tennessee.

“This year we are so excited and honored to have Hannah Robison, Miss Tennessee 2015, as our Special Guest Emcee.” Stated Event Co-Chair Tracey Beasley. 

Runway for a Cure features our area’s trendiest boutiques and celebrates cancer survivors as Honorary Co-Chairs for the event. Honorary Co-Chairs model for the boutiques, in addition to local celebrities. “It’s such a unique and fun event!  In the past we’ve had elected officials, doctors, teachers, and many other professionals from our community rock the Runway! You never know who you’ll see modeling on our stage!” says Dana Allen, who Co-Chairs this event with Tracey Beasley as a fundraiser for  Relay for Life. 

 In addition to celebrating fashion, we also feature information related to the mission, research and programs of the American Cancer Society.   The Silent Auction begins at 6:00 pm with the Fashion Show starting at 7:00 pm.   

 Tickets for this event are only $10.00.  Tickets are available at all participating boutiques:  Boutique Marimac, Queens,Maggie’s, and Southern Roots in Paris, Sunshine Boutique and Ruffles and Rednecks in Camden, and The Whispering Tree in Murray, KY. 

Henry County –Clarksville Split Wins Friday Evening

Paris, Tenn - In basketball action Friday evening the Henry County Lady Patriots were victorious in their game against Clarksville, with a final score of 52-51, after Lady Patriot Gracie Osborne made the winning shots from the free throw line. The Patriots lost their attempt to win over Clarksville with a final score of 42-28.

Henry Man Arrested In Prostitution Sting

Charles Renn (HCSO booking photo)

Paris, Tenn. - According to a press release issued by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday, February 4th, the Metro Crime Unit and the TBI conducted an undercover sting operation for prostitution.

Arrested during this operation was Charles E. Renn, age 77, of 1585 Macedonia Road in Henry. Renn was charged with patronizing prostitution and violation of the sex offender registry.

Renn’s bond was set at $20,000, which was posted and Renn is set to appear in court on February 9th.

Henry County School System Teachers Of The Year Announced

Lakewood Principal, Amy Veazey with PK - 4 grade Teacher of the Year, Becky White (School photo)

Henry Principal David Kibbler with 5 - 8 grade Teacher of the Year, Patsy Barrow (School photo)

E. W. Grove Assistant Principal, Michele Webb, Teacher of the Year, Jammie Adkisson, Principal Sam Tharpe, and Math teacher, Karen Dukes (School photo)

Henry County, Tenn. - Director of Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, revealed the Teachers of the Year by saying, "I am excited to announce the 2016 Henry County School District Teachers of the Year." Dr. Norton went on to say, "These ladies will submit applications for the Northwest CORE Teacher of the Year.  We are proud of them and of all of the others who were school-level Teachers of the Year.  Every nominee is an outstanding educator and worthy of the honor of teacher of the year.  Please express your congratulations to these well-deserving educators."

PreK - 4th Grade Teacher of the Year is Becky White, of Lakewood Elementary School.

5th- 8th Grade Teacher of the Year is Patsy Barrow, Henry Elementary School.

9th - 12th Grade Teacher of the Year is Jammie Adkisson, E.W. Grove School.

School-Level Teachers of the Year are as follows:

Harrelson - PreK - 4th Grade - Lauren Nash     5th - 8th Grade - Amber Ryan

Henry:  PreK - 4th Grade - Lisa Olive      5th-8th Grade-Patsy Barrow

Lakewood:  PreK - 4th Grade - Becky White       5th - 8th Grade - Lisa Ray

Grove:  Jammie Adkisson

HCHS:  Kayla Berryhill

HCSO Deer Meat Giveaway Huge Success

(HCSO photo)

Paris, Tenn. - The Henry County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputies for the Hungry Program gave away deer meet on Friday morning. The giveaway began at 9 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Department and then moved to Kroger parking lot.              

The Sheriff’s Office had 100+ cars and gave away over 5,000 pounds of deer meat.              

The winner of the 270 Ruger Rifle, donated by Jamie Orr, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, was Dan Hill.      

Executed Search Warrant Leads To Arrest Of Two Locals

Paris, Tenn. - According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Myrick and the Metro Crime Unit executed a search warrant at 255 Gooch Lane.            

A glass meth pipe was located in the homeowner’s bedroom. A syringe, commonly used to inject narcotics was located in the bathroom and 2 additional syringes were located in the kitchen on top of the cabinets.             

Both the homeowner and her boyfriend advised that they both lived in the house, but both denied ownership of the paraphernalia.              

Rebecca Singleton, age 43 and Billy D. Wilson, age 33, were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

One Arrested After Drug Activity Suspected At Local Hotel

Paris, Tenn. - A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated that Deputy Blake Jenkins, Sgt. Lance Perry and Lt. Ricky Watson responded to possible drug activity at the Quality Inn.           

Upon knocking, contact was made with Brandi Mayo, age 28, of 820 Curtis Street and a strong odor of marijuana was detected. Consent to search was requested and denied.                   

A search warrant was requested, granted and executed. Located in Mayo’s purse were 1.5 grams of meth, 4.8 grams of cocaine, 1.5 grams of marijuana, Hydrocodone, Adderall and $2,871 in cash. A drawer in the room contained a set of digital scales.

Mayo was taken into custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule VI drug and 5 counts of possession of schedule II with intent.

Mayo was transported to the Henry County Jail and placed on $15,000 bond.

Arts Council Love and Laughter Event Set for Feb. 13th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Love and Laughter event will be Saturday February 13th at the Paris Convention Center. The evening begins with a social time at 5:30pm with the Paris Winery, followed by a catered meal by Show Thyme Catering. Dinner music will be provided by the Shepherd Family. The evening wraps up with a family friendly comedy show by David Ferrell.

Dinner and show tickets are $75 per couple or $40 per person. Tickets can be purchased at downtown branches of Commercial Bank, Security Bank, Foundation Bank on East Wood Street, Boutique Marimac, My Favorite Things, and The Iron Place. For more information call the Arts Council at 642-3955.

CPR Training Class at HCHS Tuesday Feb. 9th

Paris, Tenn.- CPR Training Services will hold a CPR Training Class on Tuesday February 9th from 3:30-6pm at Henry County High School. It is open to all HCHS students, parents, and staff. Training is free, but there is a cost of $5 to receive your certification card once training is complete. To sign up for the class call 644-3205.

Library Hosts Two Computer Classes in February

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will host two more computer classes in February. Wednesday February 10th at 5pm, Stephanie Tayloe will show participants how to access “Heritage Quest” online for Genealogical research. On Wednesday February 17th at 5pm, Susan Stewart will share the online art of “Grave Searches”. Call 642-1702 to register for either or both classes.


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