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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

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Beer Board Approves Permits, Welcomes New Member

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met on Thursday night and awarded new beer permits for designees at four businesses in Paris.

The beer board approved two requests for off premise permits on Thursday night. One was from Sabrina Fulton, for Casey’s General Store for a class A off premise permit and the other was for Shannon Smith, at Murphy Express.

The beer board approved two on premise requests as well on Thursday night. Gary Houston, for Gary Center Bowl, was approved for a class B on premise permit and Ronald Johnson was approved for a class B on premise permit for RJ’s Lounge.

The beer board also welcomed new board member Christy Minor, who fills the unexpired term left by the late Bob Bowen.

Reminder: Mt. Zion Fundraiser is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be holding a benefit on Saturday, February 18th from 11am to 3pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church which is located at 409 North Wilson Street in Paris, to help raise money to build a new church home.

There will be a bake sale, a silent auction, a cake walk, lunch and music. Lunch includes: hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken leg quarters, drinks, chips and deserts will be served for lunch. And music will feature the Mt. Zion Choir, The Barons, the Chill Tonics, The Local Strangers, The Jones Family, The Duttons and Marley Trosper, the Quinn Chapel Choir and more.

All donations are welcomed to help the Mt. Zion Baptist Church raise money to build a new church home. Just make your donations payable to Trinity UMC “Memo Mt. Zion Benefit.”

For more information please contact the Trinity United Methodist Church at 731-642-3427 or you can email tumc@trinityumc.us.

Casteel Interviewed for CEO Position at HCMC

CFO of HCMC Lisa Casteel answers questions from Board of Trustees members on Thursday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Current Chief Financial Officer for the Henry County Medical Center Lisa Casteel was interviewed on Thursday by the Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees as they begin the process of finding a Chief Executive Officer and Administrator for HCMC when Tom Gee retires in October.

Board of Trustees Chairman Phil Wichlan read a letter from CEO Tom Gee who was not able to attend the interview. He said he felt it was important to not have the current CEO in the meeting, but will help the board in any way thru the process as they search for a new CEO.

Gee’s letter also said he fully endorsed and supported Lisa Casteel as the next CEO of HCMC as she has been working by his side for years and is more than capable of taking the reins of the CEO.

Board members then took turns asking Casteel questions about the position, her past work, and more. Casteel said this industry “is near and dear to my heart and is so giving in many ways.” She added, “another quality in a CEO is to be able to continue to be engaged whether it is with employees, customers, or the community.”

When asked about three major problems facing HCMC, Casteel said change in the all aspects of our environment; culture itself and how to engage the multitude of employees and patients and keeping both here locally; we need to spend more time looking at our infrastructure and equipment inside each facility and how to plan for replacement of those items.

Casteel gave the board some ideas to help combat the high turnover rate for employees at HCMC. She said the nursing shortage is a big factor that we have to look at and the changes with the IT world and insurance world is not as appealing to nurses as an 8-5 job. Casteel said we have to find a way to implement higher wage scales in rural area. She said we’ve done some things recently with restructuring pay for nurses and hopefully this helps reduce the turnover rate.

Casteel also discussed the issue of EMS services and the strain financially on the hospital. She said EMS director Twila Rose is working on some things that could add some more money into transportation in emergency services. Casteel said we are also looking at some technologies around how we are buying our ambulances now, trying to save money on buying remounts vs. brand new ambulances. She said we would like to entertain a discussion with the county commission in the near future on the county possibly helping subsidizing ambulance services as many of our neighboring counties do.

Casteel was asked about what she would do to change the image or curb appeal of HCMC and she said even with our great doctors and staff we could work on re-engaging our staff and physicians, board members, patients, and others’ image of us. She said I have some thoughts about a really big campaign involving our employees to help us improve our image. She said this is a family with some employees have being here for 20, 30, and even more years. We are facing retirements and change that we must be engaged with the employees and the community.

Casteel comes with 23 years of experience in the healthcare industry including serving as the Assistant Administrator and CFO at HCMC from November of 2005 to the present. Prior to her work at Henry County, Casteel was the Controller and Compliance Officer at Gateway Health System in Clarksville, a hospital with 280 beds. She served in this position in Clarksville from January 1994 to October 2005.

Prior to her healthcare industry work, Casteel worked in tax and advisory services with KPMG in Nashville and Deloitte & Touche in Memphis. Casteel also has served on the West Star leadership, Leadership Henry County, member of the Kiwanis Club, HCHS Marching Patriots Band Boosters, and more.

She also comes with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy from the University of Memphis, a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Bethel University, and a CPA Certification from the State of Tennessee Board of Accountancy.

Chairman Wichlan said the board would possibly make a decision on offering the CEO position to Lisa at next Thursday’s regular February board meeting.

Big Sandy Woman Killed in Accident on Hwy. 69A

Paris, Tenn.- A one vehicle accident claimed the life of a Big Sandy woman on Thursday just after Noon on Hwy. 69 A. Paula M. Johnson, age 57 of Big Sandy, was killed when her 1994 Nissan Quest Van ran off the right edge of the roadway. The fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Johnson was traveling northbound on Hwy. 69A when the vehicle left the edge of the roadway, started rotating and completely left the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Trooper Allen Webb worked the wreck scene for the THP Thursday afternoon.

Kentucky Police Apprehend Etheridge After Pursuit in HC

Paris, Tenn.- After running from Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew and Lt. Lance Perry, Marcus Etheridge, age 25, was finally apprehended by Kentucky Police in a pursuit that spanned state lines and damaged numerous vehicles.

The press release from Capt. Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office stated Lt. Perry was on routine patrol and spotted Etheridge driving a gray Ford Escape and knew of outstanding warrants on him. Etheridge failed to stop when Lt. Perry attempted a traffic stop.

Lt. Perry began to pursue Etheridge and Sheriff Belew, who was near the area, soon joined the pursuit and they attempted to box in Etheridge. Etheridge hit Sheriff Belew's patrol car causing minor damage and began to drove even more erratic and ran two other motorists off the road.

Sheriff Belew then made the call to end the pursuit of Etheridge, because of the possibility of the suspect causing harm to innocent pedestrians or travelers. A little later in the day, Kentucky officers spotted the vehicle and initiated a pursuit. Kentucky Police were finally able to apprehend Etheridge after the pursuit which saw two of their patrol cars crash.

Etheridge has numerous charges in Kentucky and when they are done, he will be brought back to Henry County to face numerous charges, including the ones he was originally wanted for. No officers or pedestrians were seriously hurt in the process.

4-H Speech Winners On Hand at Rotary

Staci Foy, 4-H Director, listens as Paul Tusa explains the joy of being an older brother and sibling rivalries. (David Jackson photos)

Paris, Tenn.- 4th through 8th grade winners in the area 4-H speaking contest entertained and enlightened Rotary Club members Thursday at Lee Academy.  The students from Paris Elementary, Lakewood and Harrelson schools spoke on a variety of topics from "Stress" "Sibling Rivalry" to "Professional Bull Riding".  The students were winners from 91 students who participated at the annual event last week. 

Pictured in the group photo are:  Front Row: Left to Right  6th grader Paul Tusa son of Brian and Subo Tusa, 5th grader Ben Davis son of Andy and Laura Davis, and 4th grader Briley Medlin daughter of Wes and Marty Medlin.

Back Row Left to right 8th grader Haley White daughter of Jerry and Heather Thrower and 7th grader Emily Hendrix daughter of Paul and Amanda Hendrix.

PSSD BOE To Hold Public Hearing on Tornado Safe Space

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing/meeting concering the potential W.G. Rhea Elementary School Tornado Safe Space project. The public hearing will be held at 6:30pm at the start of the February and March PSSD board of eduation meetings on Tuesday February 21st and again on March 14th. Both meetings will take place at the Central Office PSSD Board meeting room located at 1219 Hwy. 641 S.

PSSD Director of Schools, Mike Brown, will be in attendance, along with Board Members of the Paris Special School District and PSSD’s Grant Consultant, Envirosafe Solutions of America/Henson Construction Services, Inc. Details of the Project will be discussed at the meeting and the opportunity for public comment/questions will be provided.

Broken Taillight Leads to Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department charged Jesse Wayne Northington, age 23, of 1202 Lone Oak for driving on revoked license and violation of financial responsibility. Sgt. Long pulled over Northington after the back taillight was not working and dispatch revealed his license was revoked.

Another arrest from overnight is Johnny Lee Sullivan, age 33, of Palmersville, for evading arrest, DUI, violation of financial responsibility, and fraudulent use of plates. He was placed on $2K bond.

Preserve Paris Input Meeting Set for Feb. 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris will hold a follow up meeting for Preserve Paris on Tuesday February 28th at 5:30pm at the City Hall Courtroom. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the two clean sweep days held in 2016 and see what worked well and what needs to be tinkered with.

The City is seeking feedback from those events and also ideas about which direction Preserve Paris should go in 2017. Preserve Paris is a neighborhood revitalization, preservation, and clean-up project that started in 2016. Last year Clean Sweep Days, where the entire neighborhood was cleaned up, happened at the Lee School and Atkins Porter neighborhood. Everyone is invited to the meeting on February 28th to give ideas and feedback.

City of Paris Announces Presidents' Day Closings

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris has announced closings for the upcoming President’s Day holiday on Monday February 20th. City Hall will be closed Monday, all emergency services will run on regular schedule. The City of Paris Public Works department will be closed Monday as well. Monday and Tuesday’s sanitation routes will be ran on Tuesday February 21st, and trash should be out by 7am.

The Landfill and Animal Shelter will also be closed on Monday for President’s Day and will reopen on Tuesday.

Pats Season Comes to Close With District Tourney Loss

Clarskville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Men’s basketball team saw their season come to an end Wednesday night with a loss in the opening round of the District 10-AAA tournament at Rossview 68-55. Ty Cook had 16 points and Cole Culpepper chipped in 10 in the game for Henry County. The Patriots finished the season 7-18.

The Lady Patriots will open up play in the District 10-AAA Tournament on Saturday at Northwest at 5pm. They earned the #2 seed and received byes to the semi-final round.

Road Board Learns of Governor's Trans. Improvement Plan

Road Board members listen as Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt discusses the Governor's plan for transportation improvements. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Meeting in a special called session Wednesday night because they couldn’t meet on Monday this week, the Henry County Highway Commission held a quick February meeting where Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt discussed the Governor’s Improve Act.

The act is a combination of increases in the gas and diesel fuel tax, electric car taxes, rental car taxes and other to help fund some infrastructure improvements on Tennessee highways.

Chilcutt said, “I think it is an excellent plan to help infrastructure in Tennessee and it will be a big benefit to Henry County as we will see over $776K added to our budget from the plan.”

In comparison, it would take a property tax increase of $12.65 to generate that much in revenue for the highway department.

The plan for improvement in Henry County includes improvements on 10 bridges in Henry County and the widening of Highway 641 North from Smith Road to the Kentucky State line. Chilcutt said this about $30M worth of improvements to Henry County roads. The plan is for the projects to be started within 6 years and completed within 12 years or sooner. Chilcutt said he believes many of the bridge projects would be started and completed within 6 years.

The estimated cost to Tennessee residents is about an extra $4 per month on gas taxes, but some of that will be erased as plans are to ease the grocery tax on Tennesseans. Chilcutt advised the board about 40% of this revenue would be generated by residents of other states.

In other business on Wednesday night, the Road Board approved recommending 6 non-running vehicles and several old culvert pieces as surplus. Chilcutt said, “we’re really just wanting to try to clean up the yard area around the department here, so we’ll take sealed bids on all this scrap metal and get it out of here.” The county commission will have to approve the request to declare the items as surplus and sell them when they meet Tuesday night.

HCMC Board of Trustees to Interview CEO Candidate Feb. 16th

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Trustees for the Henry County Medical Center will hold a special called meeting Thursday February 16th at 5pm in the boardroom. The purpose of the meeting will be to conduct an interview with a candidate for Hospital Administrator and CEO. Current Administrator and CEO Tom Gee announced last year he plans to retire in October 2017. He has served as head of HCMC since 1992.

Family of Late UTM Alum to Host Scholarship Benefit Dinner

Martin, Tenn.- Family and friends of Phillip Trey Lindsey, of Medon, will honor his memory with a benefit dinner to fund a scholarship endowment in his name. The event will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 18, in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Duncan Ballroom, located inside the Boling University Center. Lindsey passed away July 12, 2016, at the age of 24, two months after receiving his bachelor’s degree from UT Martin.

The event will bring together sports, hunting, wildlife, family and God – the major components of Lindsey’s life – to honor his dedication to those around him. Adam LaRoche, former major league baseball player and star of the “Buck Commander” television show, will be the evening’s featured speaker. The event will also include silent auctions of sports memorabilia and outdoor products.

Lindsey was born May 7, 1992, to John and Lisa Lindsey, and was a 2010 graduate of Southside High School in Jackson. After studying wildlife biology at UT Martin, Lindsey accepted a two-month summer internship position as a research technician for the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Southwest Nebraska Pheasant Research Project.

While being treated at a local hospital for swelling in his leg, a blood clot sent Lindsey into cardiac arrest. Medical personnel were unable to revive him.

Lindsey served as vice president of the UT Martin Wildlife Society and was dedicated to the expansion and promotion of the organization. The Phillip “Trey” Lindsey Scholarship Endowment will be used to support the academic pursuits of eligible juniors and seniors studying wildlife biology at UT Martin. Graduates of Southside High School will be given preference during the selection process.

Those interested in attending the benefit dinner may purchase a half table (seating four people) for $350, or a full table (seating eight people) beginning at $650. Higher sponsorship levels are available and include possible meet-and-greet opportunities with LaRoche prior to his presentation.

Individual tickets are not available at this time; however, those interested in purchasing an individual seat can be added to a waiting list.

All ticket and auction proceeds will be used to fund the scholarship endowment.

For more information or to express interest in an individual ticket, contact John Lindsey at 731-217-7187 or jl8802@att.com.

MSU To Host Women's Conference Feb. 22nd

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University will host the Leadership Launch Women’s Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Curris Center from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Registration is available online through Feb. 17 for the full-day program at leadership-women.org/programs/launch. The cost is $99 and includes all content, handouts and meals. There is also a $15 option that consists of the Celebrate Women Lunch, which takes place from 11:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 

The conference is a one-day program of information and inspiration for women who are looking to develop leadership skills in their businesses, families, communities, and the public sector. 

Presented by Leadership Women of Dallas, Texas, the event includes keynote breakfast speaker Linda Crompton, President and CEO of Leadership Women and an international thought leader with a passion for helping women advance personally, financially and professionally. Crompton began her career in the Canadian banking industry in 1987 and in less than 10 years, became Canada’s first female bank president. 

Featured speakers also include Murray State alumna Trisha Cunningham, who recently retired as the chief citizenship officer at Texas Instruments, where she was responsible for growing the organization’s reputation and influence with global communities, employees, customers and investors. Cunningham currently serves as treasurer for the Leadership Women board of directors. 

Laura Douglas, who currently serves as Vice Chair of the Committee on Water for the American Bar Association’s Section of Public Utility, Communications, and Transportation Law, will speak to attendees about taking risks as a leader.
Event speakers also include Sylvia Lovely, Dr. Cate Loes as well as a panel discussion facilitated by Lana Porter, board chair of Leadership Women and Murray State alumna. Other specific topics to be covered during the event include working in a multi-generational workplace, defining work-life balance and leadership development. 

“The Leadership Launch Women’s Conference will be an excellent opportunity to hear from respected experts and presenters who have succeeded in leadership roles,” said Laura Logan of Leadership Women. “The insight gained from this event will be a fantastic resource for attendees to develop essential leadership skills.” 

“We’re very excited to once again be offering this great event for women throughout the region,” said Carol Brunn, Murray State Town & Gown coordinator. “This year, we’re incorporating our Town & Gown breakfast and the annual Celebrate Women Luncheon. These two events will bring together leaders from throughout the region in celebration of our next generation of community leaders.”  
The Leadership Launch Women’s Conference is sponsored by Murray State University, Murray State Town & Gown Partnership, Murray State Women’s Center, Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce, Murray Women’s Club and LG&E - KU. 

For more information, please contact Carol Brunn at (270) 809-3023 or cbrunn@murraystate.edu. Speakers and events are subject to change. 

Deputies Investigate County Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Deputies with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate a break-in and theft of three handguns at a home on Hwy. 79 South. The report said the rear glass door was broken and the garage door was also damaged. Several drawers in the master bedroom were gone thru and that’s where the three handguns were stolen from. Some cash and coins were also scattered about the floor and some of it is likely missing as well. The damage done to the doors is approximately $1200. There are no suspects at this time.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a home on Old McKenzie Hwy has some items stolen from it and the victim does have a possible suspect in mind. The items were stolen from the bedroom and include a gold wedding band, a Fossil watch, and another gold ring with diamonds. The value of stolen items is over $8K. Deputies continue to investigate.

RFL Runway for A Cure Set for March 10th

Susannah B. Lewis

Paris, Tenn.- Tickets go on sale this month for Henry County Relay for Life’s Runway for a Cure event, set for Friday night March 10th at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

The Guest Emcee for the event will be Susannah B. Lewis, known widely as “Whoa! Susannah” from her blogs on Facebook and Twitter. Lewis is also a successful author having published books such as Ten Years Taken, The Charm of the Defeated and Suspicion on Sugar Creek which are sold on Amazon. She contributes to The Huffington Post and is a columnist for the Humboldt Chronicle. Her work has been featured on Yahoo!, Lifetime, TODAY, and on the Erma Bombeck website, among others. 

The evening features a silent auction beginning at 6pm and the fashion show begins at 7pm. For more information and where to get tickets call co-chairs Tracey Beasley at 731-225-1729 or Dana Allen at 731-336-3719.

Hillcrest Cemetery Transfer to City of Paris Complete

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from City Manager Kim Foster stated the transfer of ownership of Hillcrest Cemetery to the City of Paris is complete as of Tuesday afternoon. The City and Paris Parks Department now has everything in place to properly care for and maintain Hillcrest Cemetary.

Foster said, "we are pleased the transfer is complete and we can now assist the public with any concerns associated with Hillcrest Cemetery."

Anyone interested in purchasing a lot in Hillcrest Cemetery or with any questions about it can call City Hall at 641-1402 or stop by at 100 N. Caldwell St.

HCHD To Close Osage Crossland Rd. Wed. for Culvert Work

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department has closed Osage Crossland Road in the Hico Community for Wednesday for culvert replacement. The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile south of Grooms Road and at the Grooms Road and Osage Crossland intersection.

St. Jude Children's Toy Drive Going on in Henry County

Paris, Tenn.- Several area businesses and government agencies are drop off locations for the Healthy Child Challenge Toy Drive that has been started in Henry County to help put smiles on faces of children at St. Jude’s Hospital. They are seeking new toys to be dropped off between now and October 31st of this year and toy lists can be picked up at the drop off locations.

Drop off locations are: The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Joe Mahan Ford, West Side Storage, Pot O Gold Pawn Shop, Premier Nissan, Hulme’s Sporting Goods, Lake Realtors, and the Northeast Henry County Public Utility District.

All monetary donations should be made to St. Jude thru their website at www.stjude.org, or by calling 1-800-822-6344. For more information on this Healthy Child Challenge Toy Drive, email nanadunlap43@gmail.com.

Patriots Travel to Rossview to Open District Tourney

Clarksville- The Patriot Men’s basketball team will be in action on Wednesday night in the opening round of the District 10-AAA tournament. The Patriots play at Rossview at 7:30pm in a win or go home matchup. Our broadcast begins at 7pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com. You can also listen on your phone by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates do apply. The Lady Patriots will begin play in the District Tournament on Saturday in the semi-final round at Northwest High School at 5pm as they earned the #2 seed.

Winners of WMUF Cutest Selfie Contest Announced

Paris, Tenn.- Jeff and  Leslie Marcum were the winners in the WMUF Cutest Selfie contest that ran here on wmufradio.com over the last few weeks. Their picture received 354 votes to win. The prize pack included candy and gift certificates from area businesses that sponsored that contest. Thank you to all who entered the contest.

Casey's in Paris Holding Valentine's Benefit for Vanderbilt

Paris, Tenn.- On Tuesday, February 14th Casey's General Store in Paris is having a Valentine's Day bake sale and they will also have specials on flowers. All of the proceeds from Casey's Valentine's Day Fundraiser will go to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Bethel Univ. Renaissance Choir to Record Live in Union City

Union City, Tenn.- Bethel University’s Renaissance Choir and Quartet are recording a new project that will be set to release in early April of this year. Unlike other projects, this year's CD will be recorded live and they invite the public to be part of it. The recording will be held at Second Baptist Church in Union City on Sunday February 19th at 6pm. The evening will have plenty of great music and worship.
The Renaissance Program has recorded multiple projects through the years, but this will be the first time that the Choir and Quartet have recorded, singing together, doing what they do best: performing in front of a LIVE audience! “I’ve said it for years: it’s really hard to explain exactly what Renaissance is, unless you have seen it… heard it… experienced it,” commented Matthew Holt, Executive Director of Renaissance. “So, that being said, we decided to capture a concert just the way it happens, and we want you to be there! This is a perfect opportunity for our students AND for you to be a part of something that will literally last a lifetime.”

Admission is free and a love offering will be taken.

Suspect Sought in Shoplifting Incident

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Jordan Klutts of the Paris Police Department responded to Fred’s on a shoplifting call. The report stated an employee was waiting to go to the bathroom and heard someone in there opening pills. A woman then exited and the employee looked into the trash can and found 20 empty Tylenol boxes. Ptl. Klutts attempted to identify the woman on video, but could not. The manager said the same suspect has shoplifting from the McKenzie store twice.

A stolen jeep from a home on Briarpatch Lake Road was found in Johnson County, Illinois on Monday night. The vehicle was found missing Monday afternoon and the victim reported the theft. The keys were left in the jeep and Johnson County Illinois Sheriff’s Office found the vehicle and arrested the man on other charges at the time.

Sgt. Bryan Hall of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of vandalism to a vehicle on Replogle Road where someone had scratched the paint and chrome stripping. There are no suspects at this time.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers for Inmate Medical Care

Budget Committee members look over budget transfers Mon. night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met in regular session on Monday night for February and approved transfers in the general fund including moving $10K from unappropriated fund balance to help pay for inmate medical expenses at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Monte Belew and Business Director Amy Davis were on hand at the budget committee Monday night and let members know the sheriff’s office was hit hard with some sickness at the jail with inmates and had to incur some expenses from one stay in a hospital in Nashville. Davis said they hope to get some reimbursement from the state, but it will not be the full amount.

The Medical and Dental Services line item was increased by $30K. In addition to the $10K from fund balance, $15K was moved over from food supplies.

Budget Committee members approved a request from the Sheriff’s Office to move money around that the Department received from the 911 board to help pay for increased salary for a promotion in dispatch. There was no new money needed here and the amount transferred was $1,158.

$175 was moved from unappropriated fund balance in the Register of Deeds budget to cover cost of part-time personnel. Pam Martin, Register of Deeds, sent a letter explaining that due to unforeseen circumstances of both employees being out of the office at the same time. Martin asked a former employee to come and fill-in a couple days.

Circuit Court Clerk Mike Wilson asked for money to be moved around in his budget to pay for a job posting in the paper and repair to the court-to-jail video arraignment system in the courtroom that took longer to fix than anticipated. The budget committee approved the transfer, no new money was needed from fund balance.

Money in the Health Department Budget was also moved around to match increased salaries and benefits for full time employees making less than $50K per year. The total amount moved around is $1709 and is retroactive to July 1, 2016. No new money was needed here either.

New Patrol Car to Be Purchased From Drug Control Fund

Paris, Tenn.- The budget committee approved the purchase of a new patrol unit for Sgt. Jamie Myrick on Monday night as well. The fund balance is healthy in the drug fund and money will be moved from fund balance there in the amount of $33,563.85 to purchase a patrol unit, with $2K from that moved into the gasoline line item as well.

Sgt. Myrick is the full time dedicated drug officer thru the Metro Crime Unit so the money can come from the drug fund instead of the General Fund. Sgt. Myrick’s current vehicle needs a new transmission and he was due a new vehicle in the new budget year anyway so they decided to use drug fund money for the purchase of one and save that money in the General Fund.

Other transfers approved by the budget committee included moving money around in the General Purpose School Fund to accept a Safe School Grant in the amount of over $23K. Director of Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, stated the majority of the grant will be used to install buzz-in systems and other improvements of safety at Harrelson and Lakewood Schools.

PSSD Event at KPAC is Monday, February 13th at 5:15pm

Paris, Tenn.- Join KPAC for the PSSD Event featuring special guest and children's author, Michael Shoulders, on Monday, February 13th at Paris Elementary's Krider Performing Arts Center beginning at 5:15pm, with food to follow in the PES Cafeteria.

Three Charged After Trying to Escape From Jail

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Daniel Powell of the Henry County Sheriff's Office has charged three men with criminal conspiracy to escape from jail along with vandalism after the three had knocked a hole in the wall in their cell.

The press release stated Everette E. Lamb, Justin L. Smith, and Douglas A. Royal, were found working on knocking a hole in the wall in their cell with an apparent attempt at escaping from jail. The men were found before the hole was big enough for any of them to fit thru.

The cell was cleared and it was determined that the men caused $2000 worth of damage to the wall. Bond on each was set at $3K and they are set to appear in General Sessions court on Tuesday.

Gracie Osbron Named as District 10-AAA MVP

Paris, Tenn.- The 2017 District 10-AAA Tournament will begin this week at Satellite locations of higher seeds, before the semi-finals and finals move to Northwest High School in Clarksville. District Awards were given away Monday and Henry County’s Gracie Osbron was named District 10-AAA MVP for the season.

In addition, Osbron also made the All-District team along with teammates Elizabeth Wood, Natiya Jumper, and Emily Gilstrap. James King was named to the Men’s All District Team for Henry County.

The Patriots will start the District Tournament at Rossview in the first round on Wednesday night at 7:30pm. A loss means the season is over for the Henry County and a win moves them on to Northwest.

The Lady Patriots earned the #2 seed for the District 10-AAA Tournament and will not have to play until the semi-final round at Northwest on Saturday at 5pm. The Lady Patriots have already at least earned a bid into the Regional Tournament as well as the top four teams in each District advance to the Regional.

The format for the District Tournament changed this year to give more meaning to having a better record during the regular season.

Vandalism, Thefts Investigated from the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Dep. Dalton Watson of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of vandalism on Payton Drive over the weekend. All four tires on the victim’s van had been slashed and vulgar words had been spray painted on the windows. Also found was a large pile of clothes that someone attempted to set on fire but failed. Dep. Watson found a box of matches and some red spray paint near the scene. Investigation is continuing into the incident.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a brown boxer with a black face was stolen from a home on Swor Still Road. The dog was valued at $250 there are no suspects at this time.

Dep. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on County Home Road in reference to burglary. No one currently lives at the home and although nothing was really missing, the owner showed Dep. Andrews where the lock had been pried off the back door and some windows were broken as well. Investigation is continuing.

Reminder: VITA Taking Appointments for Tax Help

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA site continues to work on Tuesdays from Atkins Porter from 9am to 4:30pm. Anyone who is a senior citizen, disabled, or with income $54K or less will be able to have their taxes completed and filed for free thru VITA’s tax preparers.

To make an appointment, call weekdays, except Tuesdays, at 642-4178. The number will not be in operation on Tuesdays. Be sure and bring proof of identification, social security cards, and all tax pertinent information with you when you come for you appointment. E-filing and Earned Income Credits can be done thru the VITA preparers. VITA will be open Tuesdays thru February and March.

Winders Helps Set Relay Record at USI

Michigan- University of Southern Indiana Freshman and former HCHS standout Javan Winders was one of four USI runners who broke the school record and earned an NCAA II provisional in the distance medley relay this past weekend at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. The team broke the record by over 12 seconds and is currently the third fastest time in the country. Winders also competed in the mile, earning his best time of the season.

Paris Man Arrested and Stolen Gun Found Inside Chicken Box

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Phillip M. Hutcherson, age 23 of 721 Williams Street of Paris, on Saturday for violation of probation, theft of property, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a schedule VI substance with intent.

Sgt. Powell was looking for Hutcherson for violation of probation at a local motel in Paris and when he unable to find Hutcherson Sgt. Powell called Sheriff Monte Belew to bring his k-9 Si to the scene to help search for Hutcherson.

Lt. Lance Perry saw Hutcherson inside so they stopped the vehicle. Sheriff Belew approached the car and someone inside the car gave Sheriff Belew a baggie that contained a green leafy substance. Sheriff Belew and his k-9 Si searched around the car and Si alerted to the vehicle.

The officers then conducted a search of the vehicle and Lt. Lance Perry found stolen gun that was hidden inside a chicken box that was in the area where Hutcherson had been sitting.

Hutcherson was then arrested and placed on $15,000 bond.

Firefighters Extinguish Truck That Burst into Flames on Sun.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Firefighters from the Paris Landing Fire Department were dispatched to the Security Bank Parking Lot located on 79N at around 4am on Sunday morning about a vehicle that was on fire.

Arriving units found a full size older model pickup truck fully engulfed and no one was inside or around the vehicle. And bystanders stated that they saw the fire while passing by and that’s when they called 911.

Fire Chief Reggie Coles said that the vehicle appeared that the vehicle left the roadway where it crossed a ditch and stopped in the parking lot. And that a fuel leak is the suspected cause of the fire. The truck was a total loss and damage is estimated at $2,000.

Henry County Sheriff Deputies at the scene confirmed that vehicle is registered to a Sheila Craig of 125 Buchanan Resort Rd. Officers are investigating and attempting to locate the owner or the driver. 

Due to the close proximity of Security Bank and other surrounding structures, additional fire units were brought to the scene, however none of the surrounding structures were damaged and no injuries were reported in the fire.

Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Paris Board of Public Utilities also responded to the scene.

Cottage Grove Man Arrested for DUI

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Trooper Josh T. Wade arrested Christopher L. Hudson, age 38 of 6190 Hwy. 140 N of Cottage Grove, on Saturday for driving under the influence first offense and violation of implied consent. Hudson was placed on $500 bond.

Paris Man Arrested for Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Jack Anthony Herron, age was arrested on Thursday for public intoxication, fugitive from justice, evading arrest, and aggravated criminal trespass.

Herron was placed on $6,500 bond.

Lady Patriots Defeat Clarksville NE on Senior Night

Paris, Tenn.- In the last game of the regular season the Henry County Patriots and Lady Patriots took their home court for the last district game on Senior Night.

The Henry County Lady Patriots defeated the Clarksville Northeast Lady Eagles in district play on Friday winning 60 to 20. Emily Gilstrap led the Lady Patriots with 10 points. The Henry County Lady Patriots finish the regular season 19-6 overall and 12-2 in the district.

The Henry County Patriots lost to the Clarksville Northeast Eagles at home on Friday 56 to 41. Cole Culpepper led the Patriots with 9 points. The Henry County Patriots finish the regular season 7-17 overall and 2-12 in the district.

Mt. Zion Baptist Benefit is Set for Feb. 18th

Paris, Tenn.-The Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be holding a benefit on Saturday, February 18th from 11am to 3pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church which is located at 409 North Wilson Street in Paris, to help raise money to build a new church home.

There will be a bake sale, a silent auction, a cake walk, lunch and music. Lunch includes: hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken leg quarters, drinks, chips and deserts will be served for lunch.  And music will feature the Mt. Zion Choir, The Barons, the Chill Tonics, The Local Strangers, The Jones Family, The Duttons and Marley Trosper, the Quinn Chapel Choir and more.

All donations are welcomed to help the Mt. Zion Baptist Church raise money to build a new church home. Just make your donations payable to Trinity UMC “Memo Mt. Zion Benefit.”

For more information please contact the Trinity United Methodist Church at 731-642-3427 or you can email tumc@trinityumc.us.

Paris Woman Arrested for Child Abuse

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Ricky Watson arrested Tristan L. Dunlap, age 31 of 195 Bear Creek Road of Paris, on Thursday for child abuse.

Dunlap was placed on $1,500 bond.

Paris Swim Team Takes 2nd in Mid South Conference

Tunica, Mississippi- Fourteen teams competed in the Mid South Swim Conference that took place in Tunica, Mississippi on Sunday, February 5th. And the Paris Swim Team finished second in the competition. Congratulations to all of the swimmers and to the coaches Sarah Luff, Tony Lawrence and Corey Cain for all of their hard work.

Two Local Court Cases Looking at Sentencing Law Changes

Paris,Tenn.- On Friday, February 10, 2017, a hearing was conducted in Henry County Circuit Court in two criminal cases involving a common question of law which may have statewide implications.  A. B. Price and Victor T. Sims appeared with their attorneys asking to enter plea agreements to certain felony charges.

However, following changes to Tennessee sentencing law, which became effective on January 1st of this year, there is uncertainty concerning the legality of what were once considered routine matters.

Judge Donald Parish heard arguments from defense lawyers, Neil Thompson and Robert Hawley and Assistant District Attorney General Paul Hessing as to the constitutionality of the new law which may transfer the authority to impose conditions of a sentence and to determine violations of probation of that sentence from a trial judge to a probation officer.

The judge took the issue under advisement and is expected to issue a written decision within five days.

No Injuries Reported, as Crews Extinguish Fire on 218 Bypass

Firefighters from the PFD work to extinguish flames from an RV fire on 218 Bypass that occured on Friday afternoon. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Shortly after noon on Friday, February 10th, officers from the Paris Police Department, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Fire Department responded to an RV that had caught fire, which was going West on the 218 Bypass between Highway 77 and 641 South.

The Paris Fire Department was successful in extinguishing the fire from the RV, but because of high winds in the area the had already caused flames from the fire to spread which caused two grass fires on both sides of the bypass. The PFD also managed to extinguish the two grass fires that were on either side of the 218 Bypass.

An officer from the PPD said that EMS was not called to the scene and there were no injuries reported in the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown and the vehicle is a total loss.

Traffic traveling the 218 Bypass, going between Highway 77 and 641 South, is currently being diverted until crews have cleaned up the debris from the fire. The road will be opened to thru traffic shortly.

Young Artist Showcase Entries On Display Until March 2nd

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Young Artists Showcase is on display at Lee Academy of the Arts. The exhibit is open for viewing Mondays and Wednesdays 9am to 8pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am to 2pm, and 5-8pm and Saturdays 10am to 2pm. The display will continue until March 2nd. Winners were announced at a public reception on Sunday and are on our website at wmufradio.com.


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