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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

 

PHCPUD Watching Gas Storage Before Spring Arrives

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility district met this week and General Manager Tae Eaton said cold weather in January and early February was causing historic gas sales and dwindling down their storage capacity.

Eaton reported that the district saw over $1M in revenue come in during January and finished the month with net operating profit of almost $198K. That pulls the overall year to date numbers to being $388K in the red, but still in better financial shape than this time last year. Eaton said he is still confident that district will end the year in the black.

Later in the meeting, Eaton told board members that they are going to have to monitor their gas storage because they’ve used so much during this cold snap the capacity is now under 10%. Eaton said the gas sales from residential and commercial customers have been as great as he has seen since he has been with the company. 

Eaton said if they run out of gas in storage they will have to pay a penalty fee, but before they did that, they would purchase gas from other sources, but it would be at higher rates. Eaton said on warmer days they are able to put more back in storage and will just have to continue to monitor it if another cold snap breaks out before spring sets in.

Gas Board Discusses Rate Survey, Service Line Applications

Paris, Tenn.- Eaton also showed board members the rate survey and said the Paris Henry County Public Utility District is in good shape with rates compared to other gas companies around the area. The average rate for gas is 75 cents per ccf unit which is third lowest behind West TN Public Utility District at 72 cents and Clarksville Gas and Water at just under 75 cents. Districts in Waverly, Trenton, and Dickson all had higher rates.

The gas board learned that 47 applications for gas service lines had come in recently and they are scattered all over the country. Eaton said they are mostly near the main line extensions. With the wet weather we’ve had, Eaton said most customers are requesting they wait until spring and hopefully drier weather before putting in the lines and messing up yards right now. He said there are some customers who aren’t concerned with messing up their yards as much and are having the service lines installed sooner.

In business earlier this week, the gas board approved a payment to James Plus & Associates in the amount of just under $415 for the Utility relocation on the 218 bypass extension project.

The board also approved a new easement with ANR Pipeline on the Cottage Grove Master Metering Station. Eaton said this is just a housekeeping issue.

May Ballot Finalized as Qualifying Deadline Passes

Paris, Tenn.- The deadline to qualify for the May 6th primary in Henry County passed on Thursday with no new candidates being added to the ballot.

Jason Raines had picked up papers to run for circuit court clerk earlier in the week but decided not to turn them in, so the race for circuit clerk remains the same. Henry County voters will choose between incumbent Mike Wilson, Lisa Wade, and Daniel Powell for Circuit Court Clerk.

The trustee’s race is also a contested one this spring. Incumbent David Stone remains on the ballot and he continues to be in rehab until March 13th after being arrested twice within eight days in January. Stone is currently on medical leave.

Leisa Wimberly, first deputy in the trustee’s office, qualified to have her name on the ballot for the Trustee in May as well. Wimberly turned her papers in last week and she is currently running the trustee duties at the office during Stone’s absence.

Randi Allen French will also be on the ballot for trustee in the May primary after qualifying earlier in the year.

The winner of this primary will face off against Cindy Hopkins during the August county general election. Hopkins qualified as an independent candidate and does not have to go thru the democratic primary in May.

Others offices up in the May primary will all see incumbents running with no opposition. County Mayor Brent Greer, County Clerk Donna Craig, Register of Deeds Pam Martin, General Sessions Judge Vicky Snyder, and Sheriff Monte Belew have all qualified to run for re-election and will run unopposed in May.

The May primary will be held Tuesday May 6th. Early voting for the May primary is April 16th thru May 1st. The last day to register to vote for the May primary is April 7th, the last day for candidates to withdraw from the race is February 27th at noon.

August’s state primary and county general election will be a big one as well as several office will be up for grabs including all 15 county commissioners’ seats, constables, and more. The deadline to qualify for the August ballot is April 3rd at noon.

Severe Weather Threat Prompts Officials to Open Storm Shelters

Lakewood, Paris Elementary Inman Storm Shelters to Open at 3:30pm

From L to R: PSSD Superintendent Mike Brown, Sheriff Monte Belew, HCSS Director

Sam Miles, and EMA Director Ron Watkins discuss plans to activate storm shelters. (Sheriff's Office photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is under the threat of possible severe weather Thursday afternoon and that has prompted Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins to activate the storm shelters located at Lakewood, Inman, and Paris Elementary Schools at 3:30pm Thursday afternoon.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said that a deputy will be on hand at each of these shelters and they will be in operation for the community as of 3:30pm this afternoon and stay open until the threat of severe weather has diminished this evening. Schools will be in session today and have first access to the shelters before 3:30pm then they will be open to the public.

Also non FEMA rated shelters will be open at Puryear Methodist Church, located at 114 West Chestnut street and Cottage Grove Baptist Church at 6880 Church Street.

EMA director Watkins is monitoring the weather situation throughout the day and the possibility of strong straight line winds and isolated tornadoes are possible this afternoon.

Sheriff Belew wanted the community to know that these shelters will always be open during severe weather events for the community after school hours and he encourages anyone who wants to take shelter to do so. He also said when the storm shelter retrofit projects are completed at Harrelson and Henry Schools every community in the county will have a FEMA regulated shelter to go to in severe weather.

Clarksville Man Charged w/ Theft over $10K, Investigation Continues

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated Investigator David Doyle, with help from the Clarksville Police Department, has charge Lance Albert Johnson, of Clarksville, with theft of property over $10K stemming from an incident of theft of a 2014 Kubota Camouflaged RTV that was stolen from Coleman Tractor in Paris.

On February 11th, Inv. Doyle recovered the RTV, valued at $21K, at a business on Fort Campbell Blvd. in Clarksville. Johnson was charged with theft the next day after investigation.

Then on February 19th, Inv. Doyle and 11 other investigators from 8 various jurisdictions and two states met to share information and continually pursue the active investigation into possibly multiple other suspects in these thefts. These investigators are still pursuing leads that could lead to more stolen equipment being recovered and multiple arrests being made.

There is a $2K reward for information leading to the recovery of two Kubota orange RTVs stolen from Coleman Tractor Company or the arrests of persons responsible for these thefts that occurred on the night of February 1st in the area of Coleman Tractor located on the highway 218 bypass. If you have information please call Inv. Doyle at the sheriff’s office at 642-1672 or the Henry County hotline at 642-0929.

Lions Club Chili Day Will Be Tuesday Feb. 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lions Club will once again hold their annual Lions Club Chili Day on Tuesday February 25th at the First United Methodist Church inside the Christian Life Center.

It will be all you can eat of that world famous Lions Club chili along with chips/crackers drink and dessert for only $8. Tickets are available now at Paris Insurance, McLean and McLean Law Firm, any Lions Club member, or at the door. Dine in or carry out orders will be available for lunch and dinner.

Photo Showcase Deadline is February 28th

Paris, Tenn.- The 22nd annual Photo Showcase will be held March 1st thru April 3rd at the W.G. Rhea Public Library and entry forms are available now at the Paris Henry County Arts Council Office or at their website, www.pcharts.com.

Amateur and professional photographers of any age may enter.

The categories of entry are people and events, nature and scenic, wildlife and animals, architectural, computer composting/complex enhancement, and brand new category this year is Downtown Paris. There is a also a general youth category for photographers 16 and under. There will be cash prizes for Best of Show, 1st and 2nd in each category.

Requirements are each photographer may enter up to three framed photographs which must include a hanging wire to support the piece. Minimum overall size is 8 x 10, maximum overall size is 24 x 24. All photos must be suitable for public viewing and the name, address, and phone number must be on the back of each photograph.

The deadline to enter is Friday February 28th when all entry forms must be turned into the Arts Council office. Entries of photos will be received at the Library on Saturday March 1st between the hours of 9am and 11am. Entries must be picked back up on April 3rd between the hours of 10am and 7pm.

An awards presentation will be held Sunday March 2 at 2pm followed by a public reception.

Reminder: Eagle Creek Clinic to Host Informational Session about Healthcare Today and Next Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and Eagle Creek Clinic invites anyone with questions about affordable health insurance to come learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace at one of two informational sessions. The informational sessions will be held Thursday February 20th from 8am to 10am, or Thursday February 27th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Eagle Creek Clinic, located at 14201 Highway 79 North in Buchanan, next to Foundation Bank.

Certified application counselors will be on hand to answer questions or to sign people up for insurance on a first come, first served basis. You can also make an appointment for a specific time by calling 644-8215 or visiting the medical center’s website, www.hcmc-tn.org.

Be sure and have the following information with you when you come to the session: Who needs coverage in your household; social security numbers for all family members that need health insurance coverage; birthdates, paystubs, W-2 Forms, and email account in order to sign up online.

Three Patriots Picked for All District, Tournament Team

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County had three players chosen for the all district and all tournament team at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s district championship game at Rossview High School.(Pictured Above) Conner Boley, Blake Houston and Brandon Donaldson, were named to the all district and all tournament team by coaches and officials of the tourney.

Brandon Donaldson, pictured below, with the ball he used in breaking the all time scoring record for Patriots men’s basketball. He is now the all time scoring leader. (Tim Pharr Photos)

Patriots players, coaches, and staff after finishing as runners up in the District

10-AAA championship game. (Pharr photos)

Raines Picks Up Papers for Circuit Clerk Office

Has Until Thursday at Noon to Turn Them in to Qualify

Paris, Tenn.- With the deadline to enter May’s primary tomorrow, Henry County voters could have yet another name to consider on the ballot for Circuit Court Clerk. Jason Raines, who campaigned for the office the last time is was on the ballot has picked up qualifying papers to run. As of Wednesday morning Raines had not yet turned in those papers. The deadline to turn in the papers is noon on Thursday February 20th.

Those already qualifying as candidates for the Circuit Court Clerk race are incumbent Mike Wilson, Lisa Wade, and Daniel Powell.

PSSD Board Approves Strategic Compensation Plan

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday night and approved a plan that Superintendent Mike Brown presented to them for Strategic Compensation.

New state guidelines will not allow districts to give raises and pay teachers solely by education and years of experience and are wanting districts to develop new compensation plans. The PSSD approved Brown’s recommendation of a plan of compensation for additional roles and leadership responsibilities.

Brown said this was the simplest plan which paid teachers more for extra time put in during tutoring and other after school activities and extracurricular things.

He said year to year the money will be put in different areas, depending on where most help is needed after student data comes out.

PSSD Opposes Governor's Salary Equity Plan

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board also authorized Brown to develop a resolution to send to the legislature showing the system’s opposition to the governor’s proposed salary equity plan in the upcoming budget.

Brown said that the governor’s budget plan includes $63M for teacher salary improvements in Tennessee and $14.5M is equity money. Brown said neither the PSSD nor Henry County School System is getting any of this equity money. Brown said in fact it’s going to systems that haven’t tried to be more competitive with salaries the last several years.

Brown said its “almost like systems who try to reward teachers and try to compensate with better salaries are being penalized and those systems that haven’t given raises in the past few years and have let their salaries fall below state average are being reward with this equity money.”

Brown also said in March the board will hear a presentation on Common Core Standards and the PARCC Assessment.

Patriots Lose District Championship Game by a Bucket

Donaldson becomes new all team leading scorer at HCHS

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Patriots battled top seeded Kenwood down to the wire on Tuesday night but lost in the District 10-AAA championship game 57-55. Henry County will still host a game in the first round of the Region 5-AAA tournament at Saturday night at home against Wilson Central at Gamlin Gym at 7pm. During Tuesday night’s game Patriot senior Brandon Donaldson became the new all time scoring leader for Henry County basketball.

Citizen Requests County Commission To Explore Vicious Dog Ordinance

Henry County resident Tonya Jennings address the

commission Tuesday night about a possible dog

ordinance after she was attacked by a dog and had

to have surgery. (Tim Alsobrooks)

Paris, Tenn.- A packed house was present at Tuesday night’s Henry County Commission meeting, many of them to show support of citizen Tonya Jennings, who addressed the commission on the need for considering an ordinance on vicious dogs.

Jennings told a story of how she was bitten and attacked by a dog that was running at large and ended up having to have reconstructive surgery on her face to repair the damage. She showed commissioners photos of what she looked like after the dog bite.

She said she had been in contact with State Representative Tim Wirgau about the state law on vicious dogs and then asked commissioners to create a committee to consider the possibility of vicious dog ordinance. Jennings ended her statements by saying “as elected officials, your duty is to protect citizens.”

At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Dan Paschall made a motion to suspend the rules and create a committee to look into the county’s vicious dog problem. County Mayor Brent Greer said the county has an Animal Control Committee and he saddled them with the job of working with Representative Wirgau and others to possibly create a county ordinance regarding vicious dogs.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew spoke on the issue saying the sheriff’s office respond to dog calls every day. He urges citizens to remember that when it comes to dogs at large citizens can use force, even shooting a dog in order to protect themselves or their family from the dog. Sheriff Belew said we do not have an animal control officer in the county and additional resources and funding on dogs could help a great deal should the committee decide to go that direction.

Mayor Greer reminded the commission the city of Paris does have a vicious dog ordinance that the county could mirror if they choose to create one in the future.

Whitfield Appointed County Attorney After 3 Rounds of Voting

Rob Whitfield takes a seat beside Mayor Greer after getting the nod to

be the new county attorney. (Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- In business on Tuesday night, commissioners elected Rob Whitfield as the new county attorney after three rounds of voting. Whitfield received 5 votes the first round, 7 votes in the 2nd round of voting, and 10 in the third and final round. Whitfield was one of five attorneys that had shown interested in the county attorney position and will serve in the capacity until January 2015 when it will be discussed about continuing the contract.

Electronic Cigarettes Coming to HC Correctional Facility

Sheriff Monte Belew (above) also spoke to commissioners about implementing electronic cigarettes at the Henry County correctional facility. Sheriff Belew said these electronic cigarettes are sweeping the county and jails are already letting inmates purchase them. He said there is a design that is made specifically for inmates and there are no issues around letting the electronic cigarettes into the jail.

Belew said we will purchase the electronic cigarettes for $5 and sell them to inmates for $10. He said we should realize an additional $1500 per month in revenue and it will also hopefully help tobacco smuggling by inmates be reduced.

Cowan Charged After Briefly Fleeing Police

Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police department observed Terrell Cowan, age 38, of 634 Bolin Street, walking on Wood Street and knew of prior warrants for his arrest. Cpl. Whitaker began to approach Cowan and he took off running towards Damascus Road where he ran into the back of a home. Cpl. Whitaker and Ptl. Greenhill went to the home and apprehended Cowan and charged him with violation of probation.

Child Neglect Warrants to Be Filed on Poligo

Ptl. Ryan French of the Paris Police Department will be filing warrants on Rixz Poligo, age 23, of 1123 Chickasaw for two counts of child neglect. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. French responded to the Henry County Medical Center where Poligo had walked from her home during the early hours of Tuesday morning because of anger issues and left two children by themselves. After investigation Ptl. French went to the home and found the children were fine and asleep, but warrants for child neglect on Poligo will be filed.

County Commission to Appoint Attorney Tues. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission will meet in regular session for February at 7pm Tuesday evening and one of the main items on the agenda is the appointment of the new county attorney.

Five candidates are vying for the position including Shon Johnson, Albert Wade Jr., Bill Neese, Barton Robinson, and Robert Whitfield.

An attorney will be chosen once they receive the majority of votes from commissioners, which will be 8 out of 15. If need be, several rounds can be made with the attorney with the least votes dropping off each time.

The meeting is open to the public and starts at 7pm Tuesday night.

Reminder: HCHS Thespians To Perform This Weekend

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.

Patriots Play for District Championship Tuesday Night

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Patriots will play at 7:30pm tonight at Rossview High School in Clarksville for the District 10-AAA Championship. Henry County will play #1 seed Kenwood for the championship. If you can’t make the trip, listen to our broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM and streaming online via our website at wmufradio.com. Win or lose, Henry County will host the first game in the Region 5-AAA tournament Saturday night at 7pm.

Birds Creek Baptist Church To Hold Crappie Fishing Expo

Paris, Tenn.- Birds Creek Baptist Church will be a having a crappie fishing expo this Saturday February 22nd at 6pm. The location will be 2245 Whitlock Road, north of Paris.

Richard Williams will be demonstrating how to find crappie using electronics and Larry and Vanice Parker will speak and demonstrate methods on how to catch crappie. Brodie Swisher, outdoorsman and evangelist will speak as well.

Everyone is invited and door prizes will be given out including a fishing trip for two. Snacks and drinks will be served. For more information call 642-1182 or 336-9562.

Theft Reported in Puryear; Drug DUI Arrests Made

Paris, Tenn.- A woman in Puryear reported $300 in cash and a credit card stolen after someone appeared to have entered her home while she slept this weekend. The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated the victim said she never locks her door because she has German shepards, but while she was sleeping this weekend someone came into her bedroom and stole $300 and a credit card out of her wallet. The credit card was used at Wal-Mart in Murray before she called to report it stolen. Deputies are still looking for suspects.

Deputy Ricky Wade of the Sheriff’s Office cited a man into General Sessions court for running a stop sign and simple possession of schedule 6 drug. The report said he saw a blue Buick run a stop sign on East Antioch Road and stopped the car. The driver, Jason Matthew Russell, age 25, of Joy Street, allowed consent to search the vehicle after deputy Wade smelled marijuana and the search revealed a rolled up cigarette with marijuana in it.

Sgt. Brian Davis of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged a Greenfield man with DUI after clocking him speeding and swerving this weekend. The report said Sgt. Davis stopped the car and Jared Grant Taylor, 24, of Greenfield, admitted to drinking and failed a sobriety test therefore was duly charged with DUI.

Refuge Discovery Program About Bluebirds Will Be Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host a Refuge Discovery Series Program dedicated to Bluebird Conservation on Tuesday February 18th at the Paris office on Dinkins Lane at 6:30pm. Come hear Mitz Bailey talk about this beautiful bird, their conservation needs and how you can help.

Stay after he speaks and build your very own bluebird box and hear the best tips on how to place them in your yard. This program is free and open to the public. There will be free door prizes of posters and wildlife guides to all participants. For more information call 642-2091.

Primary Election Qualifying Deadline Draws Near

Paris, Tenn.- With just four days remaining until the qualifying deadline for May’s county primary elections, the race for both Henry County Trustee and Circuit Court Clerk will prove to be contested.

 

Leisa Wimberly recently threw her hat in the ring for the Henry County Trustee race, filing papers on Thursday of last week.

 

Wimberly is currently first deputy at the Trustee’s Office and has taken charge of that office in the absence of incumbent Trustee David Stone, currently in rehab after two arrests on charges of civil rights intimidation, harassment, and violation of probation.

 

Stone is still on the ballot for May’s primary, although he has until February 27 to withdraw from the race.

 

Randi Allen French, currently the comptroller at Joe Mahan Ford, rounds out the ballot for Trustee in the May primary.

 

The winner of that race will run against independent candidate Cindy Hopkins, business manager at Ainley, Hoover and Hoover, in the August general election.

 

Three candidates will vie for the democratic primary for the Circuit Court Clerk office. Incumbent clerk Mike Wilson will square off against probation officer Lisa Wade and correctional officer Daniel Powell. As of now, that race will determine the office.

 

Running unopposed in the May primary are incumbents Pamela Martin for Register of Deeds, Donna Craig for County Clerk, Brent Greer for County Mayor, Vicki Snyder for General Sessions Judge and Monte Belew for Henry County Sheriff.

 

The county primary election will be held May 6 with early voting from April 16th through May 1st.

 

Looking ahead to the August general election, races are assured for the District 2 constable as well as each seat on the County Commission.

Patriots' Win Puts Them in District Championship Game

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots traveled to Clarksville Saturday night to face off against the Coyotes of West Creek High School in District

10-AAA semifinal play.

 

Henry County managed to close out another very tight game, winning by a final margin of 43 to 40.

 

Brandon Donaldson put up 29 points Saturday night for the Patriots. He needs just 8 points to tie the all-time scoring record for Henry County basketball, and 9 points to break it.

 

The Patriots will be back in action on Tuesday for the District 10-AAA Championship against #1-seeded Kenwood High School. Tip-off is set for 7:30 and you can hear all the action starting with the Paris Civic Center Pre-Game Show at 7 on WLZK 94.1 FM and streaming live right here on our website.

Thursday's Wreck Sends One to Hospital, Another to Jail

Paris, Tenn.- Thursday afternoon’s two-car accident near Wendy’s on Mineral Wells Avenue sent one driver to Henry County Medical Center and another driver to jail with multiple charges, according to Paris Police Department reports.

Officers responded at 3:57 Thursday afternoon to reports of a wreck with injuries near Wendy’s and made contact with the driver at fault, Carrie Martinez, age 46 of Byrd Road in Paris.

While speaking to Martinez, officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol and that the woman appeared very unsteady on her feet.

When asked if she had been drinking, Martinez confessed to having had several shots of liquor.

Officers administered a field sobriety test in which Martinez failed both the 9-step walk and turn and the one leg stand before giving up on the test.

Martinez’s purse was searched; officers found 7 pills identified as xanax as well as a bottle of vodka that she had been drinking from.

Martinez refused a blood draw, but due to the accident involving possible injuries to the other driver, officers were able to obtain a search warrant for her blood.

Martinez was charged with a first offense of driving under the influence as well as simple possession of a Schedule IV substance, violation of implied consent, and driving without a license. She will also be held financially responsible for over $20,000 in damages to both the other driver’s car and the front sign at Wendy’s.

The other driver, an 18 year old New Johnsonville woman, was transported to Henry County Medical Center with possible injuries.  

Exchange Club Organizational Meeting Monday Evening

Paris, Tenn.- An organizational meeting will be held tomorrow evening at 6:30 at El Vallarta in Paris for the establishment of a Paris chapter of the National Exchange Club.

All interested parties are invited to attend and are encouraged to voice ideas about the potential direction of this chapter of the Exchange Club, such as where and how often to meet and potential nominees for officer and board member positions.

The Exchange Club is a national service organization with over 21,000 members nationwide. Their national project is the prevention of child abuse, and chapters in this area work very closely with the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP to Catherine Herrera at cherrera@carlperkinscenter.org

Patriots Win Makes for Happy Homecoming, Senior Night

Homecoming Queen La'Aniiah Sewood appears in disbelief upon receiving her crown and bouquet (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriots basketball team gave fans and parents a joyful Homecoming and Senior Night Friday evening with a win over Clarksville Northwest in the first round of the 10-AAA district tournament.

Trailing badly after a sluggish first half, the Patriots rallied to cut the deficit to just four points by the end of the third quarter, then took the lead early in the fourth and held on for a three point, 44 to 41 victory over the Vikings.

The win guarantees the Patriots an appearance in at least two games of the upcoming regional tournament to begin late next week.

The Lady Patriots’ postseason was unfortunately cut short by Thursday night’s loss to Clarksville High School.

Your 2014 Spring Homecoming Court and attendants (Alex AuBuchon photo).

At halftime of Friday night’s game, the 2014 Spring Homecoming Court was introduced and the Homecoming Queen was announced.

This year’s Queen is La’Aniiah Sewood, daughter of Dante and Shante Foster. Sewood is a team captain on both the Lady Patriots basketball and volleyball teams, and is a member of the Healthy School Team and YES committee. She plans to attend college to become an athletic trainer.

Sewood was joined by senior attendants Scarlet McSwain, the daughter of Greg and Heaven McSwain and active in softball, the YES committee, and FCA who plans to attend UT-Knoxville on a softball scholarship; and Cassandra Herrera, daughter of Catherine Herrera and active in FCCLA, speech and debate, broadcasting and with the Carl Perkins Center.

The junior class attendant on this year’s court is Sarah Davenport, daughter of Don and Becky Davenport and a member of the Marching Patriots, percussion ensemble, National Honor Society and Math Club. Davenport hopes to major in nursing at Murray State University.

The sophomore attendant this year is Bethany Outen, daughter of Brian and Denise Outen. Bethany is active in cheerleading and FCA, and plans to attend UT-Knoxville to become a veterinarian.

All senior Patriot and Lady Patriot basketball players, managers and cheerleaders were also recognized alongside their parents after Friday night’s win for Senior Night festivities.

The Henry County Patriots will travel to Rossview High School Saturday evening for the semifinal game of the district tournament against West Creek, who knocked off Northeast last night in a 10 point victory.

Tip-off is set for 8:30 and you can hear all the action starting at 8 with the Paris Civic Center Pre-game Show on WLZK 94.1 FM and right here on our website.

Homecoming Queen La'Aniiah Sewood is pictured alongside parents Dante and Shante Foster during Friday night's Senior Night celebration (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Huge Turnout at Chamber Legislative Breakfast

State Representative Wirgau (L) and State Senator Stevens (R) both discussed bills with significant local interest, including 911 fee unification and gun rights bills at Friday's breakfast (Chamber of Commerce photos).

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris – Henry County Chamber of Commerce held their second annual Legislative Breakfast Friday morning at Ann and Dave’s.

Both state representative Tim Wirgau of Buchanan and state senator John Stevens of Huntingdon were on hand to connect with local constituents and discuss bills they were currently sponsoring or otherwise endorsing.

The breakfast was extremely well-attended; Chamber Executive Director Jennifer Wheatley estimated attendance well above last year’s event.

Among the talking points for both congressmen was the widely covered Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act which, if passed, would provide a system for medical marijuana for qualifying patients in Tennessee.Wirgau said he had received a lot of feedback from local constituents regarding the bill; Stevens voiced his opposition to a medical marijuana program in Tennessee.

Legislation Wirgau was excited to sponsor included a bill intended to shift Tennessee off the federal Daylight Saving Time system and place the entire state an hour forward permanently.

Wirgau also mentioned a bill regarding funding for the state’s 911 centers. The centers are funded by fees applied to phones in Tennessee, but those fees are currently applied at varying rates to landlines, cell phones, business phones, and VOIPs. Under the proposed legislation, all lines in Tennessee would pay a $1.16 911 fee, which would greatly simplify accounting and improve statewide 911 service.

Another hotly contested bill discussed was the so-called “guns-in-parks” bill which passed the Tennessee Senate Thursday 26-7.The proposed measure will eliminate cities’ and municipalities’ power to decide whether to allow licensed gun owners to carry firearms in public parks, returning that right to the state of Tennessee.

Several local officials have expressed concern over the bill, and Paris city manager Carl Holder expressed his desire to retain that right for the city of Paris.

Senator Stevens explained to Holder that the issue was largely a constitutional one, the state constitution explicitly stating that the State shall regulate the bearing of arms. According to Stevens, the State does not have constitutional authority to delegate that right to municipalities.

The two men were unable to reach an agreement.

Both congressmen expressed concerns about Tennessee’s tight state budget this year, but Stevens mentioned that Tennessee had been rated the 3rd best managed state by Barron’s Magazine with the single lowest debt in the country, according to a Fitch special report.

Stevens attributed the rating to Tennessee’s management of TennCare and refusal to expand the Medicaid program.

Representative Wirgau will be up for re-election in August of this year; he is currently the only candidate to have picked up papers for that election.

 


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