From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon
Lady Patriots Season Ends With District Tourney Loss
Paris, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots season ended Thursday night with a loss to Clarksville High 53-43 in the first round of the District 10-AAA Tournament. Congrats to the senior Lady Patriots on great high school careers and best of luck to them in the future.
Steak N Shake, CVS Site Plans Approved By Planning Commission
Radio Shack, Wilson's Grocery Building, Old Movie Gallery To Be Demolished
Paris, Tenn.- A minor site plan for Steak N Shake was among the items approved at Thursday night’s Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission meeting. The developer will utilize an existing building at 1036 Mineral Wells, former home of Super D Pharmacy.
The only proposed modifications to the site are additional parking and relocation of the existing drive through window, which is the reason a minor site plan was required.
A total of 44 parking spaces is required, but the developer plans to have 48 parking spaces. Ingress and egress will not change and all utilities on the site will remain the same.
Planners also approved a minor subdivision and site plan for CVS Caremark Corporation at Thursday night’s meeting. CVS is proposing a redevelopment of property located at the corner of Mineral Wells Avenue and Memorial Drive.
CVS plans to combine three existing parcels at this location. The developer has proposed a principal building located on the new tract of 2.319 acres that will come from combining the parcels.
Utilities have been reviewed and 57 parking spaces are proposed at the site plan, with only 41 being required. Planners approved the site plan contingent on additions of setbacks, building square footage, and space for approval by Planning Commission on the drawings.
The CVS building will have a drive thru window and four existing buildings in the area will be demolished to allow for the development. Ingress and egress will be from both Mineral Wells and Memorial Drive.
The buildings that are set for demolition include the old Movie Gallery building, the building that once housed Wilson’s Grocery, Radio Shack, and the former Montgomery Ward building according to the demolition plans. The FSB Insurance building will remain on its current lot.
Once CVS is in operation it will become the 4th National Chain Pharmacy, and the 8th overall retail pharmacy in Paris.
Attempts to contact the corporate offices of Radio Shack by phone and email on Thursday to see what future plans with the Paris location entailed were unsuccessful.
Planners Approve Ray Holdings LLC Warehouse, Addition for Hungry Wolf
Paris, Tenn.- In other business Thursday night, the planning commission approved a major site plan for Ray Holdings, LLC to construct a 4,014 sq. ft. warehouse on their property at 145 Peppers Drive. The new construction will be connected to an existing office building and garage totaling over 1200 sq. feet. The site plan was approved contingent on notation of parking being added.
A minor site plan for Hungry Wolf Restaurant at 1401 East Wood Street was also approved Thursday night. They submitted a minor site plan for an accessory addition to their property back in 2009, which was approved by planners then, but since work was never started it was required they resubmit their plan. Hungry Wolf is proposing to erect a 16 by 20 foot screened area on a concrete pad five feet around the proposed structure.
HCSS To Participate in SCORE Research Project
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday and Director of Schools Sam Miles informed the board the system has been asked to participate in a research project for high achieving districts.
Miles said that the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, or SCORE, is wanting districts to help them learn more about what is making these particular districts, such as Henry County, to be in the high achieving status on the state scores.
Miles said first and foremost, Henry County’s administrators, teachers, and staff are the main reason the system is achieving and succeeding. Miles said representatives from SCORE will interview principals and discuss what techniques teachers are using to achieve higher student scores.
Miles reported that he would bring back the Verizon Lease Agreement back to the March school board meeting for final approval. He said they are still working on language in the lease in regards to sub leasing and other things.
The board approved field trip requests for the Madrigals to the Heritage Festival of Gold in Chicago March 27 thru April 1st and a field trip for the Henry County High School Band to go to Walt Disney World during Spring Break.
Patriots Earn #2 Seed in District 10-AAA Tourney
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County starts play in the District 10-AAA tournament Friday evening at 7pm. The Patriots are the #2 seed in the tourney and will host Northwest in first round play Friday night. Its win or go home in the first round so the Patriots need a big crowd to come support them Friday evening at Gamlin Gym. If you can’t make the game, listen to our coverage on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com beginning at 6:30pm.
Should the Patriots win, they will play at Rossview High School on Saturday at 8:30pm in the semifinals of the district tournament against the winner of West Creek and Northwest.
Also remember during halftime Friday night, Homecoming Festivities will be held and after the game, seniors will be honored.
Severe Weather Awareness Week is Feb. 17-21
County to Participate in Events Wed, Thurs
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Emergency Management Agency has announced that the National Weather Service and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency have declared February 17-21 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Henry County will be participating in several events through out the week and month relating to severe weather preparedness.
Henry County EMA director Ron Watkins urges citizens to prepare for severe weather and make sure you have access to weather warning technology including ALERT FM receivers, the ALERT FM app, NOAA weather radios, and weather related smarthphone apps.
On Wednesday February 19th, Henry County will once again participate in “State Wide Tornado Drill Day,” and Watkins has asked local schools to practice facility tornado preparedness plans by conducting a tornado drill in each school. The test warning will be released at 9:30am on Wednesday February 19th by the NWS.
Henry County EMA officials will be participating in a regional and local training event as well on Thursday February 20th. TEMA will test statewide 800 MHz two way radio network that allows emergency officials to communicate from one end of the state to another. This system, along with other equipment such as local public safety radio networks, amateur radio equipment, satellite phones, and the county’s National Warning System will be tested on this day as well.
For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week contact the Henry County EMA at 644-2678.
HCHS Thespians To Perform "Curtains" Feb. 21-23
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Thespians will be appearing on stage at the Krider Performing Arts Center in the musical comedy, “Curtains,” Friday and Saturday February 21st and 22nd at 7pm and again for a matinee show at 2:30pm on Sunday February 23rd.
The 2014 production will mark the 45 years in extensive and exceptional career of Linda Wilson Miller, speech teacher at HCHS. The musical is set in 1959 Boston and is a tongue-in-cheek comedy mixed with backstage murder mystery plots that traces the fallout when the supremely untalented start of Robbin Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call.
Henry County Splits with Clarksville High
District Tourney Starts Thursday Night for Ladies, Friday for Men
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County split with Clarksville High Tuesday at Gamlin Gym. The Patriots won 60-51 and the Lady Patriots lost 57-30. That ends the regular season for both teams.
The Lady Patriots will start play in the district tournament on Thursday night at 7pm at Clarksville High School. It’s a must win scenario for the Lady Patriots to continue their season. If you can’t make the trip, our broadcast will start at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online at wmufradio.com.
The Patriots earned the #2 seed and will host Northwest Friday night in the first round, must win game, of the district tournament. The game is at 7pm, our broadcast will start at 6:30pm. At halftime of the game on Friday, homecoming activities will be held and immediately following the game, senior basketball players and cheerleaders will be honored. If either team wins their first round games, they will play again Saturday with the remainder of the district tournament moving to Rossview High School in Clarksville.
Old Mill Restaurant Vandalised In Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Old Mill Restaurant in Cottage Grove had the front glass door busted out causing $500 in damage according to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Nothing appeared to be missing inside the restaurant and investigation is continuing with no suspects at this time.
A report at the Paris Police department stated that a shed on Irvine Street was entered and several items were missing from it including a foot off a claw foot tub, 25 old irons, and an old time IV stand. There are no suspects at this time.
HCMC Care Van to Be At Rhodes Insurance Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center Care Van will have a community screening Thursday February 13th from 9-11am at Rhodes Insurance, located at 1055 Mineral Wells Avenue. The screening will take place inside Rhodes Insurance and free finger stick blood sugars, osteoporosis, and blood pressure checks will be available. Also for a fee of $3 finger stick total cholesterol tests will be offered and a full lipid panel is available for $10. Results are available at the time of screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for most accurate results.
Reminder: Youth Baseball, Softball Sign Ups This Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Baseball will have sign ups and tryouts on February 22nd and March 1st from 11am to 2pm at Atkins Porter Gymnasium. The fee is $35 per player and it’s open to all youth between the ages of 4 and 16 as of May 1st of this year.
Parents can sign up their youngsters online prior to February 26th at http://hcyba.baberuthonline.com. Players must try out ONLY if they are moving up from rookie to minor league or are 9 years old or older and have never played in the league before.
The Kentucky Lake Girls Softball League will be holding their last set of sign ups for the 2014 season at the Paris Civic Center Saturday February 15th from 10am to 2pm.
Extension Office Area Row Crop Seminar Mon. Feb. 17th
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office will host its annual Area Row Crop Seminar on Monday February 17th. There will be a meal at 6pm and the meeting will be held at the Henry County Fair Grounds Event Center. The program will featured speakers Dr. Scott Stewart, discussing insect identification and management practices; Dr. Larry Steckel, discussing weed management including resistant weeds; and Dr. Angela McClure will talk about UT crop research updates. Please respond with reservations by as soon as possible by calling the Henry County UT Extension office at 642-2941.
Library's Program Rescheduled for Feb. 22nd
Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library Black History program on “African American Engineers that was cancelled on Saturday February 8th has been rescheduled for Saturday February 22nd from 2-4pm at the library.
Lions Club Holds Annual Football Banquet
Andy Collins presents Colton Randolph with the Lions Club Player of
the year award. (Tim Pharr photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The annual Paris Lions Club Football banquet was held on Tuesday night in a celebration of the Henry County High School Patriot Football team winning their 2nd state championship in 3 years. Colton Randolph was selected as the Lions club player of the year and academic awards went to sophomore Andrew Minor, Senior Justin Ramos, and Junior Lee Gore (pictured below).
Andrew Minor, Justin Ramos, Lee Gore with academic awards.
This year's seniors with jerseys and plaques at Tuesdays banquet.
Henry County Historical Society Meets Thursday at 6pm
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Historical Society will meet on Thursday February 13th at 6pm at the Pairs Henry County Heritage Center. Members and visitors are invited to bring an artifact, document, or photograph to ‘show and tell.’ Select items from the Heritage Center’s collection will be shown, including a plaque donated by the Methodist Association from the Calvary Methodist Church that lists members of the church who served during World War II.
Annual dues of $5 are payable at the meeting or you may mail dues to Donna Winchester, treasurer, 715 Old Union Road, Paris, TN 38242.
Henry Thins Out Street Lights In Attempt to Save Money
Henry, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and Board of Alderman meeting, Public Works Director Ed Bush told the board he had spent time looking at the city’s street lights and had determined they could take down ten lights and move around three more from areas with plenty of lighting, to areas that need more lighting.
The board discussed in January about possibly taking down some of the town’s street lights to save a little money, especially some that are not really needed. Bush said some street corners have three and four lights on that corner, and there is really no need for that many.
Bush said Henry has about 113 street lights currently and costs to operate those are roughly $450 per month. He said lights could come down at areas including East College and Pioneer Road, Darrington and Pioneer, Atlantic Avenue at the Methodist Church, Henry Mansfield Road, and Park Drive around the Civic Center.
The board voted to give Bush permission to thin out the street lights in an attempt to save the town some money. By taking down ten lights, Henry expects to save about $40-45 per month. Three of the lights will be moved to areas of town that need more lighting, including Railroad Avenue and Mockingbird Avenue.
The board also voted to approve a service contract with Tom Price to serve as Henry’s sewer operator since the current one is retiring. The price will be $600 per month for the sewer operator.
Mayor Joe Qualls also thanked Alderman Rex Buford for his years of service to the Henry board of alderman. Buford is moving out of the city limits and submitted his resignation. In March, the board will look at filling the vacant spot Buford will leave.
Cottage Grove Approves Audit
Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove Legislative Council met in regular session on Tuesday night and accepted the 2013 audit for the city. The board also learned that Moody Realty will market the Security Bank building on their website as the city is trying to invite business into Cottage Grove.
The board approved January expenses of $3551.40 which included yearly expenses for building insurance and the audit. The board also approved income of $1436.32
Wheatley Attends Tourism Training
Paris, Tenn.- Jennifer Wheatley, executive director of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, recently attended the annual winter training of the Tennessee Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Wheatley, who also serves on the TACVB’s Board of Directors, participated in classes focusing on regional partnerships, advocacy for the tourism industry and group tours.
Tennessee Department of Tourism Development Commissioner Susan Whitaker delivered the keynote address for the group.
“Ongoing training for our staff helps us remain a relevant organization for our membership,” according to Chamber President Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank. “We are pleased that Jennifer serves with the TACVB and we benefit from their ongoing efforts.”
Steak and Shake, CVS Site Plans on Thursday Planning Commission Agenda
Paris, Tenn.- Site plans for Steak and Shake and CVS Caremark Corporation are just two of the items the Paris Planning Commission will tackle on their agenda when they meet in regular session on Thursday night.
Steak and Shake will be taking residence in the old Super Drugs building at 1036 Mineral Wells Avenue. CVS has a minor subdivision and major site plan on the agenda for Thursday night. CVS will be building at the corner of Mineral Wells and Memorial Drive, in the area around the RadioShack in Paris. The planning commission will meet at 6pm Thursday night and the meeting, as always is open to the public.
McKenzie Man Charged With Simple Possession of Sch. 6
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department charged a McKenzie man with simple possession of 6 drug after stopping him for speeding on East Wood Street. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that the driver, Eddie L. Shaw, age 30 of McKenzie, refused to give consent to search and K9 Striker was called in and alerted on the vehicle. Officers then searched and found half a blunt in the passenger side floor board. Shaw was charged with simple possession of schedule 6.
Henry County Sweeps Northwest Monday Night
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County swept a pair of games at Northwest Monday night. The Lady Patriots blew a lead in the fourth quarter, but managed to win in double overtime 71-62 over the Lady Vikings. In men’s action, the Patriots defeated Northwest 61-50. Henry County hosts Clarksville High at Gamlin Gym today. The boys will play at 3:30pm this afternoon and the girls will play immediately afterward. The district tournament will start on Thursday for the Lady Patriots, Friday for the men.
Highway Dept. Defers Purchase of Excavator Until March
Road board members open bids for excavators at Monday night's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Highway Commission meeting, the board opened bids for a new excavator, but deferred action on purchasing the excavator until March’s board meeting.
The board had decided on the specs for the excavator last month and also included in the bid packages options for an angle blade, and coupler on the machine. They also requested a trailer to haul the excavator and wanted companies to include a trade in allowance for their used Case Backhoe and Interstate Trailer.
The board opened five bids from different companies around the area. Century Equipment Rental, out of Dyersburg supplied a net bid for $102,599 which included trade in allowances, angle blade, and trailer.
McKeel Equipment Company in Murray submitted a bid for $101,144, which included a Kubota Excavator with bucket and trailer.
Thompson Caterpillar in Camden submitted a bid for a Caterpillar Excavator, with Helac Coupler and Towmaster Trailer for a total of $118,020. The Caterpillar model does not include the angle blade because that is not an option on these models.
Power Equipment in Memphis submitted a bid for $118,960 and it included the Komatsu Excavator, trailer, Helac Coupler and trade in allowance. They also didn’t have a model with an angle blade.
Coleman Tractor, in Paris, bid a Kubota Excavator with angle blade, trailer, and trade in allowance for the total price of $106,292.
After much discussion, the board decided to take another month and continue to look over each bid and decide exactly what they want. Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said he would talk with some area banks about financing and bring more information back to the board next month.
Road Board Seeks to Experiment with Weed Spraying
Paris, Tenn.- In other business Monday night, the road board talked about experimenting with Chem Pro and spraying noxious weeds to help maintain roadways and cut back on mowing.
A representative from Chem Pro was on hand at January’s road board meeting and discussed using a safe chemical to help control weeds and cause Bermuda grass to grow out, not up, and help smother out noxious weeds. The rep told the board he would do a demonstration spraying at a price of $85 per mile, but wanted to at least do 60 miles to make it worth his trip, coming from his offices in Arkansas.
The board seemed eager to experiment with the spraying, but knew that they needed to commit to a full year of spraying in order to determine whether the results are cutting back on their mowing and working throughout the county. Chem Pro wants to do an application this month, as soon as temperatures get around 50 degrees on a sunny day. Board member Kyle Norwood said we need to see what a full year of applications will do, because only spraying once wouldn’t get many results.
The cost would be $5100 each time they spray the weeds, and if they did it twice before July 1st and the next fiscal year budget starts, that would go over $10K, and would then have to be bid out, while if they stayed under $10K it wouldn’t have to be bid out.
The board figured on four sprayings this calendar year, two in the current budget year, before July 1st and two after July 1st. The board decided if Road Supervisor Ray Norwood could negotiate the price with Chem Pro and get them here for $10K or less each budget year to go ahead and commit to one year’s worth of the weed maintenance spraying plan.
Mike Wilson Officially Announces Re-Election Bid
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson is announcing his candidacy for re-election. “I am grateful to be your Circuit Court Clerk and in an office with such an outstanding reputation,” Wilson said. “My goal has been to continue our excellent standing with a renewed focus on technology and revenue, while improving efficiency and productivity.
Budget preparation, establishing fund compliance standards, financial growth, data management improvements, diversity in the workplace and better utilization of computerization are just some of the successes of Wilson and staff during his first term in office.
“There are many things currently underway that will enhance the areas of technology, revenue collection, and Internet presence,” he said. “The opportunities are there, we just have to be proactive, research the possibilities, and decide which options are best for our office and county.
In his first three years, over $72,000 in grants and equipment from the State of Tennessee have been awarded to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. “This is a record for this office,” he said. “Many of these resources are the direct result of asking questions, attending state and regional training and networking with other court clerks across the state.”
“One of my daily duties is meeting with citizens,” Wilson continues. Much of my time is spent with people from all walks of life - answering questions on a wide variety of challenges. Those moments of discussion can often provide the direction people need to make the next step.
“I want Henry Countians to be proud of our efforts and know I am dedicated to the offices’ credibility. My work philosophy is simple - be ethical, be professional and maintain integrity,” he said.
“It is my desire to continue these standards and I humbly ask the people of Henry County for their vote,” Wilson said.
Wilson is married to the former Cheryl LeCroy of Paris. They share 3 children, Crystal, age 32; Hunter, age 28; and Dakota (a nephew) age 11. Recently their first grandchild, Lola Cate was born and is nine months old. The Wilsons reside in Paris.
For more information about Wilson’s campaign, please visit www.ElectMikeWilson.com or Facebook.
Basketball Game against Northwest for Monday is On
Another Makeup Game Set for Tues.; Homecoming, Sr. Night Will Be Friday
Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County will play at Northwest Monday evening for district basketball. This game was supposed to be played last week, but was postponed and rescheduled due to winter weather. Henry County did dismiss schools earlier Monday, but weather seems to be clear for the basketball game to be played Monday evening. Our broadcast will begin with the Henry County Sports Show at 5pm, followed by the Lady Patriots tip at 6pm on WLZK 94.1FM.
Tuesday afternoon, the basketball game that was scheduled for last Friday night at home against Clarksville High will be made up at Gamlin Gym. The Patriots will play at 3:30pm Tuesday and the Lady Patriots will follow. Our broadcast from Gamlin Gym starts at 3pm. The game is being played earlier in the afternoon, because the Football Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday night.
The Lady Patriots will start play in the District 10-AAA tournament on Thursday. The first round location will be determined on how they finish in these last two games.
The Patriots will start play in the District 10-AAA tournament at home on Friday night. Opponent is yet to be determined. Also Friday night Homecoming Festivities will be held at halftime of the district tournament game. Senior night activities will be held for Patriot and Lady Patriot basketball players and cheerleaders immediately following Friday night's game in the district tourney.
Warrants To Be Filed on Woman for Gross Negligence of Impaired Adult
Paris, Tenn.- At the request of the assistant district attorney Paul Hessing, Ptl. Jamie James of the Paris Police Department will be filing warrants for gross negligence of an impaired adult, on Connie F. Turner, age 51, of 308 Aden Street. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. James went to the Henry County Medical Center on February 3rd at the request of EMS, who had just picked up a 87 year old male who reported having stomach pains..
The report said EMS found the male with large bed sores on his back and laying in feces. After investigation, Ptl. James found out that Turner had been living as the gentleman’s live in care taker the last 12 to 15 years. When Ptl. James questioned Turner, she said she knew of the man’s condition and had him up walking a few days before EMS took him to the hospital. She said she bathed him every three days and had only had a chance to wash his front side the day EMS came to pick him up.
On February 7th, the Department of Human Services advised removing the man from the home probably saved his life, according to the report at the Paris Police Department. Ptl. James contacted the assistant district attorney and was told to file warrants for Turner for the charges of gross negligence of an impaired adult.
WMUF News, There's An App for That
Paris, Tenn.- When you’re looking for the news and away from your computer or radio, there’s now a quicker, easier way to get it. WMUF radio now has an app for android phones. You can download the free app from the Google play store. Headlines will be right there and with one touch of your smart phone or Android tablet, you'll be connected to our website, wmufradio.com. The app is free and available now on android phones and will be coming in the next few weeks for iphones. We continue to provide you up to date accurate news and now with our free app, it’s another way to stay on top of what’s happening in the community.
Shady Grove Cemetery Chili Supper Rescheduled for This Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- The Shady Grove Cemetery Fund Raiser that was scheduled for this past Saturday will be set for this coming Saturday February 15th. It’s the annual chili supper and will be held at the Shady Grove Church fellowship hall located at 4880 Shady Grove Road. The event will run from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Donations are accepted for chili, drinks, and dessert. All proceeds go for upkeep of the cemetery.
WG Rhea Library Has Valentine Events This Week
Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will hold some events this week centered around Valentines Day. Tuesday from 6-7pm, they will offer free Valentine Crafts while supplies last. Also Saturday night, February 15th, from 6-8pm there will be a Teen Movie Night with Pretty in Pink or 16 Candles shown for teenagers. There will also be free popcorn and drinks.
Friday Gunshot Incident Ruled Accidental by PPD
Paris, Tenn.- Paris police recently investigated what is currently determined as an accidental gunshot wound that sent a Paris man to the ER on Friday.
Police responded to the ER at approximately 9:31 Friday evening after being notified of the gunshot wound by hospital staff.
The injured man stated he was at his employer’s house on Curtis Street; the employer was showing him a newly camouflage painted Glock 9mm handgun when the gun went off, the bullet striking him in the shoulder.
His employer then drove the man to the hospital.
A third individual at the home stated he heard the two men loudly arguing, and one told the other to “get out of my house” immediately before the gunshot occurred.
When officers spoke with the employer, they noticed he had a cut above his left eye and a bruise below, as though he had been punched.
Both men involved denied any sort of argument or altercation and maintained that the gunshot was accidental.
The handgun was seized by police and logged into evidence; no charges have been filed at this time.
Sheriff's Office Investigates Stolen Van
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a stolen vehicle, according to reports filed Saturday.
A dark green 1998 Ford Windstar minivan reportedly went missing Saturday from a property on Buck Branch Road.
The van did not run and had been on the property for approximately 9 months; it was being used for storage by the owner.
The complainant said clothes and household items were being stored in the van.
The complainant suspects that two individuals may have hauled the van off for scrap.
Recent arrests include: Vincent Vine, age 18 of Paris, arrested Friday night on Shady Grove Road and charged with driving under the influence.
Winders Places Sixth in Lebanon Half-Marathon Saturday
Lebanon, Tenn.- Henry County High School track and field and cross-country coach Lance Winders competed Saturday in the Cedars Frostbite half-marathon at Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
Winders placed 6th overall and first in the Masters division in the 13.1 mile race, with a time of 1 hour, 20 minutes and 39 seconds.
The finish moves Winders into first place in the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour masters standings and second in the overall standings.
Two races remain in this season of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour; a 10K at Warriors' Path State Park in Kingsport on February 15, and a 15K at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, Tenn. on March 1.
Winter Weather Leads to Hazardous Roadways
Paris, Tenn.- Friday evening's snowfall created perilous conditions on several of the county's roads.
According to reports at the Henry County Sheriff's Office, local officers filed reports on seven accidents likely related to the hazardous roadways.
Incidents included a vehicle rollover on Highway 77, several vehicles stuck on a hill and obstructing traffic on East Antioch Road, a vehicle off in a ditch on Crossland Road, and a serious accident on Shady Grove Road that toppled a utility pole, leaving a live wire on the roadway and taking over two hours to clear.
Forecasts for the next few days include moderate chances of additional snowfall; please exercise caution when traveling in winter weather events.
Sheriff's Office Investigates Henry Gasoline Theft
Henry, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Office plans to add additional patrols in Henry after a woman complained of gasoline being routinely stolen from her vehicle.
The complainant said she had more than tripled her gasoline expenditure in the past few weeks. She installed a locking gas cap on her vehicle, but the alleged thief broke the locking mechanism rendering the cap unusable.
The complainant also recently discovered her driver's side door was damaged, with the door lock no longer functioning.
Sheriff's Office investigators advised the complainant to install a camera if possible to catch the thief in the act.
Paris Police Investigate Medical Center Pharmacy Break-In
Paris, Tenn.- Two men attempted to break in and rob Medical Center Pharmacy on Tyson Avenue early Saturday morning, according to Paris Police Department reports.
Reports indicate the business's drive-thru window was broken out, triggering an alarm system. Police responded and found two sets of footprints in the snow leading to and from the business to a spot on Lake St. where a car had been parked. Police attempted to follow the tire tracks of the vehicle, but they quickly merged into additional tracks.
Upon reviewing security footage from the store, one of the two suspects broke the window out and the other briefly entered the building before alarms sounded.
Investigators were unable to identify either suspect based on the security footage and are seeking additional footage from neighboring stores.
Chamber Legislative Breakfast Friday, Feb. 14
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast will be held this coming Friday, February 14th at Ann and Dave’s.
State Senator John Stevens of Huntingdon and State Representative Tim Wirgau of Buchanan are both scheduled to attend.
A breakfast buffet will be provided at the cost of $10 per person – anyone interested in attending must RSVP no later than Wednesday by calling the Chamber at 642-3431.
Methodist Church Coffeehouse Set for Sunday
Paris, Tenn.- The First United Methodist Church in Paris will host their annual Coffeehouse event this Sunday from 6 to 8 PM in the Christian Life Center.
Everyone's invited to enjoy great music, food, coffee and fellowship. A variety of local musicians are scheduled to perform, including Wire and Wood with Tabitha Myrick, Gary Morris, and Mike Holden's band.
The Coffeehouse is a donation-only event, and all proceeds go toward the First United Methodist Church Relay for Life team.
Shady Grove Cemetery Fundraiser Postponed
Paris, Tenn.- Due to hazardous road conditions, the Shady Grove Cemetery Association's Chili Supper fundraiser scheduled for Saturday evening has been postponed.
A new date for the supper has not yet been set.
Saturday Cancellations: ACT Tests, Basketball, Chili Supper
Paris, Tenn.- Due to the snowfall and inclement weather, Henry County High School has elected to cancel ACT testing Saturday. A makeup date for those tests has not yet been announced.
The Henry County High School home basketball games against Clarksville High and homecoming senior night pep rally and festivities, originally rescheduled for Saturday afternoon have all been postponed to Tuesday afternoon.
The games will begin with the boys’ contest at 3:30 PM Tuesday afternoon; the girls will follow immediately afterward.
Homecoming and senior night festivities will be held in conjunction with Tuesday’s game:
The spring homecoming court has been announced and will include sophomore attendant Bethany Outen, junior attendant Sarah Davenport, and senior attendants Cassandra Herrera, Scarlet McSwain, and La’Aniiah Sewood. The Homecoming Queen will be crowned at this afternoon’s game.
Senior basketball players and cheerleaders will also be recognized.
This afternoon’s fundraising chilli supper for the Henry County High School Patriot basketball team has also been cancelled, and as of now there is no makeup date set.
W.G. Rhea Library Closed; Black History Program Postponed
Due to weather and a lack of heat in the building, W.G. Rhea Library will be closed today, and their Black History program scheduled for this afternoon on African-Americans in the northwest Tennessee railroad industry has been postponed.
No makeup date has been set for that program.
As of now, the Library still plans to offer a free screening of "The Butler" at 6 PM Monday evening as part of their Black History Month celebration.
City Commission Honors Inman, HCHS State Champs
City Manager Carl Holder presents Coach Counce and members of the Patriot
football team with the Award for Excellence Thursday Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Finance Director Kim Foster Honors Inman Football players and Coaches for winning
the state championship.
Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, proclamations honoring the Inman Middle School and Henry County High School Football teams were conducted. Both Inman and Henry County High won state championships in December and the commission presented coaches and members of the team were presented with a copy of the proclamation. City Manager Carl Holder also presented the Patriot football team with an award for Excellence after winning their 2nd state championship in three years. Holder said the honor had only be given twice before to two individuals for their dedication and the entire community is proud of the team for their accomplishments.
Mayor Sam Tharpe then honored the W.G. Public Library for their ongoing promotion and activities in February centered around Black History Month.
City Attorney Fred McLean reads a proclamation honoring the Patriot
football players on Thursday night.
Commission Approves Request for Retroactive Borrowing Approval
Paris, Tenn.- In business on Thursday commissioners approved a request for retroactive approval of Rural Development Loan Borrowing. Holder explained prior to the HCMC-Bethel project, the state and local financing office informed them that there was no need to have prior approval of debt to RDA and therefore they didn’t get prior approval for the TML loan of $6.5M.
During the audit, auditors informed the city that based on current Comptroller’s Office Policy, prior approval of borrowings from RDA were required. City Attorney Fred McLean advised that the best course was to offer an explanation of why the city didn’t comply, there was no ill intent, and offer to comply by submitting a post-borrowing report of debt obligation.
November Retail Sales Dip Below Prior Year
Paris, Tenn.- City Finance director Kim Foster told commissioners that November’s retail sales bucked the recent trend of being above last year’s number as it had been the previous few months. Foster said it wasn’t as significantly below budget as the prior year and at the first part of the calendar year. Sales tax collections in November of 2013 were about 1.23% below November 2012’s total.
Foster said even though sales were below the prior year, they are still improving over the losses realized during the first few months of 2013 were numbers where ranging from 4 to 6% below the previous year. Year to date the city is about 2.37% behind last year.
News from past weeks here.