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


Commission, School Board Learn about Safe Space Retrofit

Commissioners Dell Carter, Paul Mathenia, James Travis

look on as Jerry Hartsfield, of TLM goes over the Lakewood

Retrofit Safe space project. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A joint meeting with the Henry County Commission and Henry County Board of Education was held Thursday evening at Lakewood, as board members were shown the plans to retrofit Lakewood with tornado safe space down its three hallway corridors which is set to start when school gets out for summer.

Greer Lashley, of the construction firm Lashley Rich, and Jerry Hartsfield of the architect firm TLM were both on hand going over the project with the members of the boards.

This retrofit type of project is the first of its kind in the area, perhaps the entire state of Tennessee, as FEMA/TEMA grant money will be used to cover about 88% of the cost to retrofit Lakewood with a safe space this summer, and then Harrelson and Henry next summer. Local match on the project is going to come in the $450-470K range, with the school system paying half, the county the other half.

Hartsfield described the steps of the project saying once existing lockers are removed, concrete torn up, and wiring and fixtures out of place, they will lay a new foundation and frame system with reinforcing steel to make the corridor able to withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour. The safe space would also meet earthquake safety guidelines by FEMA standards.

Maintainence Supervisor of the Henry County School System John Akers and his crew will do lots of preliminary work before the project as the timeline is very important.

Members of the school board and county commission collaborate down the corridor that will be retrofitted as a tornado safe space this summer. The blue tape shows where the reinforced walls

will be once the project is complete before school starts back in August.

Greer Lashley said it’s a lot of work do over the course of time when students aren’t here, which is about 11 weeks. He said “we may set up staging areas outside the building before school lets out with some of the materials pre-fabricated to help move the project along.”

Once complete the three corridors would hold 1000 people in an emergency weather situation. There is a possibility of allowing the community to use the safe space when school is not in session nor any school programs going on. They hope to finish the project in very late July.

The blue tape on the floor represents where the reinforced

walls will stick out in this corridor of Lakewood once the retrofit

safe space project is complete. (Alsobrooks photo)

Patriots Play at Station Camp in Region 5-AAA Tourney on Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County travels to Station Camp in Gallatin for Region 5-AAA tournament basketball on Saturday night. The game will tip at 7pm, our broadcast will start at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM and online at wmufradio.com. It’s a must win for the Patriots for their season to continue.

TRRA Funds Triton Owners Tournament Again

Stewart and Benton County Can't Fund Their Full Portion Again

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Resort Act Committee met Thursday evening and approved funding request for some events coming to Paris Landing later this year including the Triton Owners Tournament once again.

County Mayor Brent Greer said they had committed to funding the Triton tourney for three years. The original plan was for Benton and Stewart County to chip in $5500 a piece and Henry County fund $16,000. Last year, Stewart County couldn’t pay their portion, so Henry County footed the bill. This year, Stewart County said they could come up with $2500 to help fund the tournament.

Benton County funded their full part last year, but due to tight budgets, said they couldn’t help fund it at all the this year. The TRRA board agreed the Triton Tournament is the best bang for the buck for the area, bringing in the most money. Many of the anglers that fish in the Triton tournament come back throughout the year to fish more. The committee approved funding the tournament again, spending $24,500, to fulfill what Benton and Stewart County could not.

Kiwanis Arts and Crafts, PLTL Bike Ride Request Funded

Paris, Tenn.- The TRRA board also approved the Paris Lakeway Kiwanis Club’s request for $4250 for advertising of their Arts and Crafts Festival, which will be held September 7th and 8th of this year. This is the same amount they funded the last couple of years. The Kiwanis only used about $3300 of the request money last year in advertising. This continues to be a very popular event for the area.

The board also approved a request from the Paris Landing Tourism League for a Bike Ride Event to be held August 23-25th. The league had requested $25,000, and staff said while they like the idea of the event, its to new to spend that much on right now and agreed to committing $10,000 to the event for 2013. Plans are for an amateur bicycle ride on the Friday of the event, with a pro ride later in the weekend.

The committee approved funds totaling $5500 for the Two River’s Memorial Tournament to be held June 29. $4K will go towards the advertising of the event and $1500 will go towards the purchase of a release boat. These boats keep the fish oxygenated and alive and then put them back in the water.

The TRRA did turn down a couple requests including a Lady Bass Anglers Association who was seeking a site for their tourney and a request of $10,000 for the Fishers of Men Tournament in November. Reasons for denying request here was their commitment to only fund 3 major fishing events each fiscal year.

Trustee's Office Open 9-1 this Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- A reminder that the Henry County Trustee’s office will be open 9am to 1pm this Saturday to allow citizens to come in and conduct business. Taxes are due by February 28th to avoid penalty charges. The trustees office also plans to extend its hours by 30 minutes Mon February 25th thru Thursday February 28th. For more information call the trustee’s office at 642-6633.

Pedestrian Bridge Complete; Tyson Avenue to Open Friday

The pedestrian bridge across Tyson Avenyue is just about

ready for Traffic. (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris will reopen Tyson Avenue on Friday morning as work with the pedestrian bridge that connects the Henry County Medical Center’s Main Campus with the Bethel Campus and Imaging Center work is completed. That section of Tyson Avenue that runs under the bridge has been closed since early January.

Thursday might be the last time Tyson Avenue is this

quiet. The city reopens this section of Tyson Avenue

first thing Friday morning. (Alsobrooks photo)

Womanless Beauty Revue Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.--Henry County Healthcare will hold a Womanless Beauty Revue and dinner show at 6 p.m. Saturday, February 23, at the National Guard Armory. The cost is $15 each or two for $25.


Gas Board Sells Property on 641 to TDOT

Relocation of Gas Lines Delayed 45 days on widening project

Paris, Tenn.- The board of commissioners for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met on Tuesday afternoon and approved an offer from the Tennessee Department of Transportation to buy some of the district’s land on highway 641.

General Manager of the district Tae Eaton said that TDOT had offered $500 for the easement on the property where they have a small station building set up now. Eaton said the entire area of the land is about 354 square feet and TDOT offered $600 for that entire property including the easement.

Eaton told the board he didn’t see the need for keeping that land for any purpose and recommended the board to accept TDOT’s offer for $600 for the whole piece of property.

The board also learned that it would be at least another 45 days before the relocation of gas lines along the highway 641 widening project would begin. Eaton said that another utility had requested an extension and TDOT had sent the gas company a letter to let them know the project was being delayed.

The total cost of relocating the gas lines in the area of the widening would be around $1.2M, but the state was going to reimburse the district for the cost.

More from the gas board meeting on Tuesday saw them accept a donation from a ratepayer who closed out a family member’s account. The person gave the board a $300 donation to put towards bills of those who’ve had some financial troubles. General Manager Tae Eaton said they put $50 on six different accounts to help some current ratepayers who’ve had some financial issues.

In other business, the board approved payment for main line extension projects in the amount of just under $50K. The payment was for Natural Gas Services and a change order was also approved because of some more lines ran from the main and 16 weather days accrued on the project.

After staff conducted a residential rate survey, Eaton shared the numbers with the board at the meeting. The district came in third lowest out of 7 natural gas districts in the area with a rate of $7.11 per mcf. That is just above City of Martin and West Tennessee Public Utility District in residential rates. Other district’s surveyed included Clarksville, Dickson, Waverly, and Trenton. Eaton and the board agreed Paris Henry County was doing a good job with residential rates.

The board agreed to once again sponsor the 2013 Partners in Protecting Everyone Program at Paris Landing State Park later this year. This event is for the state gas association’s 8-1-1 call before you dig campaign. Utilities from Henry, Weakley, and Carroll Counties will be on hand at the event.

The board also approved a motion to hire Alexander, Thompson, Arnold, PLLC to conduct the annual audit for this year. The cost is $11,445 for the audit, which is the same as the last three years.

Sheriff's Office Shelter in Need of Puppy Pads

Paris, Tenn.-With all the puppies that are now up and running around at the Henry County Sheriff's Office Animal Shelter, there is a need for disposable puppy pads.

The puppies are part of the dozens of dogs that were seized from a puppy mill operated by Cheryl Kidd of rural Puryear last month and taken to the shelter.

Shelter Spokesperson Melissa Bomar said the seized dogs and the newborn puppies are all doing well. Adoptions of the dogs and puppies are still pending the case moving through the local court system.

Bomar said the shelter is in great need of disposable puppy training pads for the puppies. Items to be donated can be taken to the shelter at 622 Jones Bend Rd., Paris. Phone number is 641-8090.

Paris Fire Department Offering Free Smoke Detectors

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department is partnering with the State Fire Marshal’s Office in offering free smoke detectors to anyone who is not able to obtain them on their own for whatever reason. Anyone living within the city limits of Paris can contact the fire department at 642-1413 and set up a time for the fire department to come to your home and install the fire detectors free of charge.

County Commission Okays Allegro Tax Abatement Agreement

Could Mean Additional 25 Jobs

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer (at judge's bench) presides over Tuesday night's commission meeting. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Commission Tuesday night authorized a 10-year tax abatement plan which will allow Allegro Fine Foods to expand its manufacturing operation, a move that could possibly mean 25 additional jobs.

The commission held a rare Tuesday night session since Monday was President's Day and county offices were closed. The commission also set a special election at next month's meeting to fill a constable vacancy in the 1st District.

As explained by County Mayor Brent Greer, the county has already approved a resolution for the Industrial Development Board of Paris to acquire the access road connecting PML with Allegro, on Plumley Dr. PML is selling the property to Allegro in order that Allegro can expand its warehouse, Greer said. "We believe this could mean 25 new jobs with this move," Greer said. "PML will still use a portion of the property, but it will be used as warehouse and storage facilities for Allegro."

The resolution authorized the Industrial Development Board to enter into a lease agreement for the 12.7 acre premises with Allegro, which will include an option to purchase the property. The commission further was authorized to enter into a 10-year tax abatement agreement which will effectively abate all property taxes on the real estate and its improvements. The commission was not authorized to offer a tax incentive on any equipment or industrial machinery.

Greer said delaying the taxes for 10 years will allow Allegro to pay for the property on which the warehouse will be expanded.

Allegro is a long-time Paris company that manufactures and nationally distributes a line of marinades and barbeque sauces and has been expanding over recent years.

In other business:

--The commission set a special election which will be held at its March monthly meeting to fill the 1st District County Constable vacancy. The commission already has received a resume and letters of introduction from Paris Firefighter Jason McCord, who is interested in the position. Greer said other citizens can ask for consideration for the appointment, as well.

The commission will vote on the selection during the meeting following presentations from interested candidates.

--Greer announced that 'listening meetings' will be held next week at the Henry County Extension Office concerning the pending proposal to locate a 4-H Center at the Hazelwood facility. Invited to the meetings are business, industrial and agricultural leaders. The meetings are set for 7 a.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Greer said the grant proposal from Henry County has been submitted, but that several other communities are vying for the monies. "This could be a tremendous economic driver for our community," Greer said. "It could be in the $35-$37 million range once its completed."

--County Schools Director Sam Miles invited the commissioners to Thursday night's joint meeting with the county school board at 6 p.m. at Lakewood School. Architects will present information on proceeding on developing more storm-safe shelters in the schools. Dinner will be provided.

Patriots Take 3rd Place in District Tourney with Win

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Rossview 53-46 in the consolation game of the District 10-AAA tournament Tuesday Night at Kenwood to take third place in the district. The Patriots will play the #2 seed of District 9 in the Region 5-AAA tournament on Saturday. High scorers for the Pats in the game were Amari Cook with 19, Brandon Donaldson with 15, and Blake Houston chipped in 10 points.

PSSD to Start Discussions With City on SROs Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- Superintendant Mike Brown told Paris Special School District Board members at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night that he will sit down next week with Paris City manager Carl Holder and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo to begin the discussion of School Resource Officers in the PSSD.

Brown said they will discuss job descriptions of the SROs, the system’s participation in the selection of the SROs for each school, and funding of the positions. He told the board he plans on bringing a full plan on school safety issues including SROs to May’s board meeting. If the city needs an answer on SROs for their budget, Brown said they might bring that issue back to the board a little sooner.

Start Date for School In August Still Slight Issue With Calendar

The PSSD board also discussed the school calendar for the upcoming school year. Brown and Sam Miles, director for Henry County School System, have been in discussion and plans to present calendars to their respective boards at March’s board meetings.

Brown said the two systems work to get all the major breaks the same, to help parents with students in both systems. One sticking point now is the start date. Henry County will have some construction going on with the tornado safe space retrofit at Lakewood and are looking at starting about a week later than PSSD’s probable start date.

Chairman of the PSSD board Richard Edwards said he and Brown have discussed starting later, with the issue being it would mean going to school next year the full week after Memorial Day, where in the past, they’ve tried toalways be out by then. The board asked Brown to get feedback from teachers and staff and bring back a recommendation next month.

The board also recognized Spelling Bee Winners and presented them with a gift card. Jack Foster was the spelling bee winner at Paris Elementary and Kester Newcomb was the spelling bee winner at Inman Middle School.

Reminder: VITA program open Tuesdays Through March

Paris, Tenn.- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, is open Tuesdays in February and March to offer free tax preparation service to citizens.

VITA is a free service with certified tax preparers on site. Site Coordinator Carole Walsh said appointments are being taken for those dates for the hours of 9 am until 4:30 p.m.
at Atkins Porter.

Appointments may be made by calling Walsh at 731-642-4178. They ask you not to call on Tuesdays since they are busy on those days.

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

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Spring

Paris, Tenn.-Daffodils and early spring flowers are blooming up all over, as are these in an alley between Jackson and Head Streets in Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris Teen Killed in 4-wheeler Accident Monday Afternoon

Big Sandy, Tenn.- A four wheeler accident in Benton County claimed the life of a Henry County teenager on Monday afternoon. Steven R. Rushing, age 16 of Paris died after injuries sustained after the four wheeler he was riding crashed on Crooked Creek Cemetery Road in Benton County around 2pm Monday.

The fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Rushing’s four wheeler lost control on loose gravel on Crooked Creek Cemetery Road and it ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree after trying to negotiate a curve. McEvoy Funeral home is in charge of his arrangements.

Tickets Available for Smokey Joe's Cafe

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming presentation of Smokey Joe's Cafe by the Bethel University Renaissance Theater at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC). The musical will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

Smokey Joe's Cafe is presently on tour across 10 venues in Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina and it features three students from Paris: Alexis Ward, Jason Wade and Allin Montford.

Featuring the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the musical spotlights 40 of the most popular rock and roll songs ever recorded,

including "Hound Dog" and "On Broadway".

Tickets of $5 can be purchased at Merison's or at the door or by contacting Bethel at 393-0405, extension 202.

Kidz Zone and Healthy Lifestyle Day Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-It will be play time for young and old from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Paris Civic Center gym and the KPAC lobby as the Kidz Zone and Healthy Lifestyles Day will be held.

It's a free family-friendly event, with inflatables, recreational games, informational booths, motivational talks and more. The games and information booths will be available 9-noon, a talk by personal trainer Loral Burke will be held at 9 a.m.; a talk on getting kids active by Dr. Debra Selby is at 10 a.m. and a talk on taking charge of your health by Stephanie Winders of the Henry County Schools will be held at 11 a.m.

The event is sponsored by the Healty Henry County Challenge and Paris Parks and Recreation. For more info, call 644-3463.


New 2013 State Maps Now Available

Nashville– The official 2013 Tennessee Transportation Map is now available for travelers. This year’s map contains new information to assist motorists, including the recently completed State Route 840 in southern Middle Tennessee. This is the first state map in 26 years to show the completed route that bypasses Nashville and provides access to Interstate 40 east and west of Nashville, Interstate 24, and Interstate 65.

“The state map is a valuable tool for motorists, and can assist them in planning their route through Tennessee,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “The map is free and is also available at welcome centers and rest areas across the state.”

The 2013 state map can also be downloaded from the TDOT web site at www.tn.gov/tdot/maps.htm.

Pre-printed maps may be ordered from TDOT online at www.tn.gov/tdot/MapOrder/maporder.htm or by mailing a request to:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
505 Deaderick Street
James K. Polk Building, Suite 900
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0345

Individuals may request up to five free maps. Organizations and schools may order up to one hundred maps for their use.

Bethel Info Session Set Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-Another informational session for the Bethel/Paris campus bachelor of science program is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the campus on Tyson Ave.

Call Tony Bowden to reserve a spot: 363-8322.

Henry County EMA Recognizes Severe Weather Awareness Week

Paris, Tenn.-  Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins reminds citizens this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Tennessee and Henry County will be participating in a few events relating to severe weather preparedness.

Watkins says the best way to prepare for severe weather is to stay informed and that’s easier to do with weather warning technology such as the Alert FM receivers, NOAA weather radios, and smartphone apps related to severe weather.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with major cell phone providers have recently launched the Integrated Public Alert Warning System. It provides federal, state, and local emergency management officials with emergency warning capabilities through cell phones. Newer cell phones have the software built into them that allows weather and other warnings to make sounds and vibration when they are issued alerting citizens.

County will participate in the State Wide Drill Day on Wednesday February 20th in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week as local schools will practice tornado drills. The test warning will be at 9:30 Wednesday morning.

Both the Henry County and Paris Special School Districts will also test their emergency radio communication Wednesday as well. On Thursday, EMA officials will participate in a regional communication drill.

Watkins suggest families make preparedness plans and practice sheltering in safe areas of your home for severe weather. He says get to the lowest level and put as many walls between yourself and outside as possible. Consider creating an emergency supplies kit with food, water, batteries and a battery operated radio.

Residents can also use the Inman Community Tornado Shelter located next to Inman Middle School. The shelter is open to the public when school is not in session. The shelter will house 800 people. For more information on Severe Weather Awareness Week call Henry County EMA at 644-2678.

Patriots Battle Rossview Tuesday in Consolation Game of Tourney

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County plays Rossview in the consolation round of the District 10-AAA tournament Tuesday night at 6pm at Kenwood High School. They could use the support so wear your red and head to Clarksville to cheer them on. We will have the broadcast starting at 5:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM. Win or lose, Henry County will play in the first round of the Region 5-AAA tournament on Saturday.

Two Clarksville Men Involved in Two County Chase

Paris, Tenn.- Two Clarksville men are in custody in different county jails Monday morning after a high speed chase that spread over Stewart and Henry Counties on Saturday.

Sgt. Eddie Forrest of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department stated the call from Stewart County came into dispatch where a vehicle was heading towards Henry County traveling at 115mph. Deputy Brian Davis was the first to meet the vehicle, which didn’t have its lights on. The vehicle turned into the parking lot of Meo Mio’s run thru the grass and back onto the highway and headed towards Paris.

Sheriff’s Deputies and troopers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol set two sets of spike strips, near the Tacklebox on highway 79. The left front tire of the vehicle did tear apart causing the car to stop near the 79 and India Road Intersection. At that time, both the driver and passenger fled on foot.

K-9 Cisco was called in and tracked the passenger, identified as Damarcus C. Osborne of Clarksville to an area of Shady Grove Road. He was arrested on scene. The driver, later identified as Dontrez J. Cutno, of Clarksville was still on the loose and was spotted on Elkhorn Road.

Deputies searched the area but couldn’t find Cutno. Later, dispatch was notified by the Dover Police Department Cutno had stolen a car in Henry County and crashed in Dover and was in Stewart County jail.

Marijuana and other drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle that stopped near India Road. Osborne was charged with evading arrest and possession of schedule six drug. Cutno is in jail in Stewart County with charges and will be charged with reckless driving, possession of schedule six, theft of property, and reckless endangerment when he gets back in Henry County. He will also face a $20K bond.

Pedestrian Bridge Near Completion

Paris, Tenn.-Much progress was made over the weekend toward completion of the pedestrian bridge that will connect the new Henry County Medical Center diagnostic center and Bethel/Paris campus with the hospital across Tyson Ave. Workers have completed the sides of the bridge and now are working on the roof and handicapped lifts that will also be installed on each side of the bridge. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Bethel University Cuts 19 Staff Positions

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University in McKenzie has cut 19 staff positions from its total workforce of 1,050 since September of 2012, which includes its branch locations in Paris, Nashville, Memphis, Clarksville, Jackson and Chattanooga, according to an article in The McKenzie Banner.

Bethel's board trustees have been meeting on numerous occasions recently due to financial concerns. Bethel's Director of Communications Jennifer Glass told the Banner that no teaching positions were eliminated.

This comes as the Bethel Paris campus is set to begin its first semester with its Success classes this month.

Child Injured in One-Car Wreck

Paris, Tenn.-An eight-year old local girl was injured in a one-vehicle accident when the car in which she was riding ran into some trees on Joe Milam Rd. Saturday afternoon.

Henry County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of the accident, which was near the gravel pit on Joe Milam Rd. According to the report the vehicle ran off the road, into a ditch and in the process of crossing over the roadway, ran into some trees. The eight-year-old girl was transported to the Henry County Medical Center with leg injuries.


An Evening with the Madrigals Set Feb. 23

Paris, Tenn.- An Evening with the Madrigals will be held next Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Paris Convention Center. Silent auction begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15, with table of eight going for $150.


Aggravated Domestic Violence Arrest Made

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police arrested a Paris man for aggravated domestic violence Saturday evening, and, in the process of the arrest, officers used a stun device on him when he became belligerent in the booking area of the jail.

According to the report, officers were called to 1205 Lone Oak Rd. on a call that a man had pulled a knife on another person in the home and had slapped the person around. When officers arrived, the man reportedly said he had been arguing with the other person. During the booking process, the man became irate, knocked over the computer monitor and keyboard, books and folders off the desk at the jail.

While officers were trying to get the man under control, the report said, corrections officers requested that Patrolman Derreck Colley use the stun device on him. According to the report, stunning him had no effect, but he did stop throwing items off the desk.

Arrested was Larry Raines, age 46 of that address.

Quota Honors Membership Anniversaries

Paris, Tenn.-Quota members met at noon on February 13th at Lee Academy Lunchroom and celebrated  anniversaries being celebrated in February: Peggy Owen – 30 years, Suzanne Richter – 12 years, Ellen Smith – 15 years and Becki White – 1 year; for a total of 58 years of service.

Connie Garrett thanked members for participating in An Evening of Chocolate Delight and Wanda McCord, Linda Foulks and Beverly Wood for their contributions of chocolate desserts for Quota’s booth.

A Thank You note was read from Grove Middle School for the contribution to Save-A-Heart Day.

Members voted to contribute to the purchase of chairs for the W.G. Rhea Library and toward sending a child to 4-H camp.

A Nominating Committee for 2013-2014 club officers was selected with Melanie Townsend as chairperson, Beverly Wood and Virginia Wagner as members. Geraldine Sykes reminded members that the District Birthday Party will be February 23 and anyone who is interested in attending should contact her.

Patriots Lose to Kenwood

Clarksville, Tenn.-The Henry County Patriots' boys basketball team lost to Kenwood Saturday night in the second round of the District 10-AAA Tournament. The score was 57-52.

Top scorers for the Patriots were: Bo Donaldson, with 15; Amari Cook, with 10 and Desmond Howard with 9.

The Patriots move on to the consolation round and play at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kenwood.

Tickets for Bobby Knight Appearance on Sale

McKenzie, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming appearance by legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight at Bethel University. Knight will appear at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Rosemary and Harry Crisp II Arena on the Bethel campus.

Tickets can be purchased at the University book store, via phone at 352-6445 or at the remaining Bethel home basketball games. Ticket prices are: floor seats, $125 (includes meal); chairback seats, $20; bleacher seats, $10; student bleachers, $5. You can also purchase a table for ten people, including meal for $1,250.

Meals are served beginning at 6 p.m. For corporate sponsorships, call Myra Carlock at 352-4090.


Patriot Boys Advance in Tourney

Paris, Tenn.-With its win Friday night against West Creek, the Henry County Patriots' boys basketball team advances in the District 10-AAA Tournament. Last night's score was Patriots 65, West Creek 45.

The Patriots' play again at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Saturday) at Kenwood.

PBS To Tape Upcoming Dan Knowles and His Hot Band Concert

Paris, Tenn.-A crew from PBS will be on hand at next weekend's concert by Dan Knowles and his Hot Band at the Lee Academy for the Arts. PBS will be taping the performance for a segment about Knowles that will air on their show, "Creative License".

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday February 23 and it will benefit the ceramics department at the Lee Academy , which is located at  402 Lee St. Paris. The program  will feature Swing, Old-Time Country, Minstrel and Original music.

Knowles is a nationally-recognized banjo player and songwriter who resides in Paris. He is a 6 time Tennessee State Old-Time Banjo Champion and a National Old-Time Banjo champion. He was named a Kentucky Colonel for co-writing a song for the Kentucky Derby called Sunrise at the Downs. He has performed coast to coast at many prestigious venues including the Grand Ole’ Opry. During the program he will perform on the modern 5-string banjo, Minstrel banjo, musical saw and guitar.

The Band is no less accomplished and includes Master fiddler Danny Conger, Bass wonder (and son) Sam Knowles, Guitarist and vocalist extraordinary Mark Holladay and Mandolin master and Fiddler Josh Coffey.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale at: Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, Leaches Music, Merison’s, Lee Academy and Knowles String Instruments.

Donaldson, Cook Represented on All District Regular Season Team

Brandon Donaldson and Amari Cook at Henry County High School Thursday. (Candi Norwood photo).

Paris,Tenn.-Regular Season honors for the all district team were given out recently and Henry County had some players recognized. Amari Cook and Brandon Donaldson won regular season all district honors for the boys and Savannah Rose made all district for the ladies. Congrats to them all and good luck in the district tournament.


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