From News Director Tim Alsobrooks
Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh
Benton County Closing School Friday, Monday for Illness
HCSS, PSSD Holding Steady But Monitoring Absences
Camden, Tenn.- The Benton County School System is closing Friday and Monday to help combat illness as much of their student and teacher population has been sick this week.
Henry County Director of Schools Dr. Brian Norton said Henry County will remain open as student attendance is improving at Henry School, which had the most absences. Dr. Norton said several teachers were also sick at Henry, but all other schools are in good shape. They will continue to monitor the illness outbreak over the next couple weeks.
Superintendent of the PSSD Mike Brown explained to their board on Tuesday night, absences were plenty, but not yet to the threshold of dropping attendance below 85%. Brown also said they will continue to monitor and make decisions if need be to help combat the outbreak.
HCHD Closing Osage Crossland Road Monday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Osage Crossland Road on Monday February 27th for culvert installation, weather permitting. The closure will be 3 tenths of a mile southest of Pled Wade Road. The road will be back open for afternoon traffic. In case of inclement weather, the closure will bbe Tuesday February 28th.
Church of the Living God To Hold Spaghetti Supper Sat.
Paris, Tenn.- The Church of the Living God, located at 116 South Porter Street, will be selling Spaghetti Dinners on Saturday February 25th from 10am to 3pm. Plates are $8 and come with all the trimmings. Everyone is welcome to come and buy a plate.
Casteel Dubbed as Next HCMC CEO
Board of Trustees give the nod for Casteel Thurs. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees voted in favor of hiring Lisa Casteel as the next Chief Executive Officer of HCMC at their regular February Board meeting on Thursday night. The board voted 6-0 to enter into contract negotiations with Lisa and move her into a Chief Operating Officer Position and transition into CEO upon Tom Gee’s retirement. Dr. Whitby was absent from the board meeting.
Gee said he and Lisa would work together to build the organizational structure and find a CFO, COO, and work more in the CEO position.
Casteel, who has served as CFO for the last several years, interviewed for the position with the board last week. She was not present Thursday night, due to another commitment at the time of the board meeting.
Casteel will officially take over the role as CEO in October after Tom Gee retires. Gee has served in the role since 1992. 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.
Gee, Daughrity Meet with Legislators and Discuss ACA
Paris, Tenn.- During this administrative report at Thursday night's HCMC Board of Trustees meeting, CEO Tom Gee said he and Marketing Director Director Tory Daughrity met with legislators in Nashville as part of the legislative visits by the Tennessee Hospital Association. Discussions centered on how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would impact hospitals in general and HCMC in particular. Gee said we also expressed concern about the financial stability of rural hospitals in West Tennessee and solicited their help in finding ways to alleviate some of the pressures on our hospital while pending changes in the ACA were contemplated.
Gee told the board the new general surgeon, Dr. Waters, began his practice last week at the Kelley Clinic and has already done a couple cases. Paris Pediatrics has been fully brought on board as well and there has been considerable cash flow associated with this practice which negatively impacted the income statement for the month. Gee said hopes are to have a Rural Health Clinic designation in place by April and then they can begin collecting cost based reimbursement at that time.
Dr. Monette also continues to do well and the medical center is seeing significant improvement in the Lake Haven census as a result. Dr. Guilish’s retirement will result in a drop off of surgeries during the next few months, but hopes are they will pick up under Dr. Cutright and Dr. Stephens.
Gee told trustees that they have met with officials of the West Tennessee Healthcare to discuss opportunities to improve EMS coverage and the financial impact of the service on the hospital. Discussion revolved around whether there were opportunities to regionalize EMS services around a multi-county system to save costs and share resources. Gee said he would keep the board updated as these type discussions continue.
Lady Pats Host Station Camp In First Round of Region 5-AAA Tourney
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots will take on Station Camp in the first round of the Region 5-AAA Tournament at Gamlin Gym Friday night at 7pm. Admission is $6 and gates will open at 5:45pm. TSSAA and TACA cards will be accepted for gate admission, Teacher ID cards will not be accepted.
The first round of the Region Tournament is win or go home so the Lady Patriots need your support. If you can’t make it to the game, our broadcast begins at 6:30pm on WLZK 94.1FM, streaming online at wmufradio.com, and via your phone by calling 415-325-0723 just remember standard rates apply.
NWTF Banquet Planned for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, known as the Tennessee River Longbeards, will hold their banquet this Saturday February 25th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 5pm, dinner begins a 6:30pm. There will be live and silent auctions. Tickets are sold at the door and are $65 per couple, $50 single, and kids under 17 are $10. Tickets include the dinner.
Nobel Automotive Hosts HCYLD Session
Associates from Nobel Automotive and members of the HCYLD program work
together in a team building exercise called the marshmallow challenge. The object of the challenge is to build the tallest free standing
structure using 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of
tape, and the structure must balance a large marshmallow on the top. From left standing is HCYLD participant Madison Krupicka, seated Nobel
employee LC Alexander. Standing center Nobel Employee Cindy Bradley,
standing right HCYLD participant Megan Bowden, and seated right Nobel
Employee Ty Flowers. (Kim Patterson photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The sixth session of the Henry County Youth Leadership Development (HCYLD) program took place on Wednesday, February 22nd. Nobel Automotive served as the host for the group, and the day centered around activities involving the Henry County business and industry landscape.
A panel of speakers started the day by sharing their personal history, and how they became business owners and leaders in Henry County. Brian Foster of Landmark Realty, Dan Jackson of JC Educational, April Perry of Perry’s BBQ and Catering, and Chris Cobb of Nobel Automotive were among the speakers. David Hamilton, CEO of the Henry County Alliance, and Mark Johnson, Paris Henry County Chamber Executive Director, also gave an overview of the Economic Development initiatives they are working with currently.
Later in the session, students took part in a team building activity with members of the Nobel Automotive team, received a tour of the Nobel facility, and participated in job shadowing in their area of interest with members of the Nobel Automotive management team.
“It has been such a pleasure to serve on the Board of Directors for the HCYLD program in its first year. It is our hope that through these sessions, students will become more aware of the vast opportunities that Henry County can offer them both in employment and community involvement,” noted Kim Patterson, coordinator of the day’s session. “The support of the Henry County School System, the chamber of commerce, local businesses, and local organizations have made this program possible, and we are very thankful for that support.”
Members of the HCYLD group include Megan Bowden, Mary Buie, Tyler Harris, Noah Hulbert, Brooklyn Kirstein, Madison Krupicka, Brooke Marr, Fatima Morales, Destiny Morse, Jabari Patton, and Autumn Price. Dr. Susan Burton and Jeanie Johnson serve as their sponsors from the Henry County School System.
David Hamilton, CEO of the HC Alliance speaks to the students about
economic development. Seated at right is Paris HC Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Mark Johnson, who also spoke to the students about
community activities and involvement. Seated from left are HCYLD
participants Jabari Patton, Brooklyn Kirstein, and Destiny Morse.
Chris Cobb, Nobel Automotive plant manager standing left was one of four
HC business leaders who spoke to the students. Seated on the panel are
Dan Jackson of JC Educational, April Perry of Perry’s BBQ and Catering,
and not pictured is Brian Foster of Landmark Realty. Also seated at
left is Tracy Tharpe of Nobel Automotive. Tracy is participating in
Leadership Henry County this year which is the adult counterpart to the
HCYLD program. Students seated are from left Noah Hulbert, Brooke Marr,
Fatima Morales, Tyler Harris, and Madison Krupicka.
BPU Approves MOU As 911 Board Begins Discussion of Radio Project
BPU Board members handle business at their Feb. meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities Board of Directors met on Thursday morning and approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Henry County Emergency Communications Agency and BPU for participation in a project to get new radio communication infrastructure installed in Henry County.
General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley said this has been discussed for a while at the 911 Board and they’ve contact the City and County about possibly securing Community Development Block Grants in the future to help pay for infrastructure improvements.
Wimberley said, “we’re having the same problems our EMS, Sheriff’s Office, and other agencies are having that these radios simply won’t pick up in certain rural parts of the county and this project looks to address that in the future.”
The estimated cost of the project is about $900K for all the infrastructure improvements. BPU is only responsible for maintenance to the tune of about $3K per year after the completion of the infrastructure and the cost of new radios for BPU to use. Wimberley said the project is currently just discussion because the CDBG grants are tied up until likely 2019 with current BPU projects. The Memorandum of Understanding also says if the HCECA can’t secure funding, the project wouldn’t go on and the BPU wouldn’t be responsible for their portions either.
In other action, BPU board members approved a motion to have a written public records policy in place as now required by Tennessee Public Records Act. Wimberley said “we didn’t have an official policy written out until now, but this policy reflects what we’ve already been doing.” The policy must be in place by July 1st.
The BPU board also approved a motion to appoint Stacy Hayes to the Board of Public Utilities Trust Inc., Board, or Project Round-Up Board. Franky Hosford has submitted a resignation after serving on the board for about 16 years.
Phase 1 of the Water Treatment Plant Construction is moving along and Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Tony Brown said things are taking shape and moving along with all the good weather we’ve had. Wimberley said the landscape has changed and things are moving along.
Red Cross Life Guard Training Courses Planned for March
Paris, Tenn.- A Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class will be offered in our area where participants can become a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard and be trained in Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Participants must be 15 years of age or older and must pass a pretest on March 8th which includes a 300-yard swim, a timed 10lb. weight test, anda two minute tread test using only your legs.
Participants must also be present at all classes and here is the schedule. Wednesday March 8th, 6-8pm, Bethel University Pool; Thursday March 9th, 5-9pm at Paris Civic Center Pool; Friday March 10th, 5-9pm Civic Center Pool; Saturday March 11th, 9am-6pm at Civic Center Pool; and Sunday March 12th 2-6pm at Bethel Pool.
Cost of the class is $200 and the certification is valid for 2 years. For more information or to register for the class contact Sarah Luffman at 615-202-3670 or email email@example.com. Participants should bring swim suits, towels, and pencils to every meeting.
Tractor Supply Collecting Donations for FFA Week
Paris, Tenn.- The
Paris-area Tractor Supply Company store will collect donations during
National FFA Week to support grants for FFA chapters in TN.
National FFA Week, Feb. 17 through Feb. 26, Tractor Supply shoppers can
donate $1 or more at checkout. Donations will fund the Grants for
Growing Program, which supports TN FFA chapters that are making a
difference in their communities with unique and sustainable agricultural
projects. The program is coordinated through a partnership with the
National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply.
commitment of our loyal customers and team members who raise money for
the Grants for Growing program, Tractor Supply is excited to support
TN's FFA chapters that represent America’s bright future in
agriculture,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing
at Tractor Supply Company. “When we invest in FFA students through this
program we are making a great investment in the next generation of
In 2016, the program’s first year, Grants
for Growing raised more than $700,000, funding 374 grants supporting
projects involving 39,038 students. Notable 2016 grant recipients
included the Jemison, Alabama FFA chapter, which used program funding to
construct an addition to its animal science lab to house show animals
such as pigs, donkeys, rabbits and Texas Longhorn heifers. In Cedar
Springs, Michigan, the local FFA chapter built a garden to provide the
community with food donations, as well as help students learn more about
Earlier this year, FFA chapters submitted
applications detailing how they will start or expand a project that will
benefit their communities and future FFA students. Funds have been
requested to purchase vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and
tools, for projects ranging from greenhouses to aquaculture labs.
FFA chapter initiatives will be awarded Grants for Growing in the
spring. The minimum competitive grant amount is $500 for chapters. All
in-store donations remain within the state in which they were raised.
For more details about the program, visit https://www.ffa.org/grantsforgrowing.
HCMC BOT To Vote on CEO Position at Thurs. Meeting
Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Trustees for the Henry County Medical Center will meet in regular session on Thursday night. They board is expected to vote on whether or not to offer the CEO position to current CFO Lisa Casteel who interviewed with the board last week. 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.
Street Light Audit to Begin Tues. Feb. 28th
Paris, Tenn.- A press release from City Manager Kim Foster stated that representatives with Tanko Lighting will begin the physical audit of every street light within the City of Paris on Tuesday February 28th. Foster said this is part of the energy efficiency project with Trane where the the City of Paris will be replacing every street light with LED lights.
Foster said in the press release reps from Tanko will be walking thru the City and examining each individual pole and light and they should be wearing reflective clothing and will have identification confirming they are with Tanko. Their vehicles will also be marked with the company logo. The physical audit will take 3-4 weeks to complete.
The City of Paris currently uses High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights for many of their streetlights and the plan is to replace those with Light Emitting Diodes, or LED that are more energy efficient, have longer life spans, and produce a better color and quality of light than HPS lights.
The LED lights will be a cooler, white light, where HPS lights are more orange colored. The LED fixtures appear to be dimmer, but they create a more even pool of light while the HPS fixtures tend to produce a bright spot directly underneath the fixture. The LED light stretches across the roadway.
The City began this LED conversion project to reduce its energy consumption and maintenance costs associated with street lighting. The project will replace over 2500 streetlights throughout Paris. The HPS streetlights will be recycled in accordance with Federal and State guidelines.
For more information on the LED Streetlight Conversion project call the City Business Office at 641-1402.
Suspect Sought in Southside Cafe Break-In
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects in the break in and burglary of Southside Café where someone pushed in the A/C unit thru the wall and cut a hole in it to enter the business.
The report stated Dep. Dalton Watson responded to the scene where $150 cash was stolen from the till, the cash register, valued at $400 was stolen, and damage done was well over $500. The suspect pushed the A/C unit into the building and then appeared to saw thru the wall and cut a hole to enter thru.
A report at the Paris Police Department stated units responded to Gwen Street where Sarah E. Pettigrew, age 29, of 711 Gwen Street had broken out the window of a vehicle. The victim said Pettigrew came out when she pulled the car in the driveway and punched the window out then beat on the car and jumped in it. The driver put the car in reverse and Pettigrew fell out. Officers went to Pettigrew’s address and arrested her and charged her with burglary of an auto.
Terrell D. Cowan, age 42, of 634 Bolin Street was charged with three counts of evading arrest and theft of property. He was placed on $5500 bond.
Every Beat Counts Heart Health Fair Well Attended
Paris, Tenn.- Several people stopped by the Every Beat Counts Heart Health Fair on Tuesday at the Bethel Campus Paris Atrium. There where free health screenings and information available to be more heart healthy. (Cassie Walsh photos)
Lady Patriots Win District 10-AAA Championship
Clarksville, Tenn.- For the first time since the 1999-2000 season, the Henry County Lady Patriots are the District 10-AAA Tournament Champions. The Lady Patriots beat Rossview 48-44 at Northwest High School Tuesday night to win the championship. Gracie Osborn and Elizabeth Wood had 16 points apiece in the win. Emily Gilstrap, Gracie Osborn, Natiya Jumper, and Elizabeth Wood were named to the All Tournament Team. Henry County will now host the first round of the Region 5-AAA Tournament on Friday night at Gamlin Gym against the #4 seed of the District 9-AAA Tournament. Game time Friday is 7pm.
PSSD BOE Holds Public Hearing on Tornado Safe Space
Cary Henson discusses the possible Tornado Safe Space Room at the Rhea Addition. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met on Tuesday night and Cary Henson of Henson Construction gave an update on the Rhea Construction project Tuesday night including discussing the possible Tornado Safe Room at the beginning of the meeting when the public hearing on the issue was held. The local match for the Tornado Safe room is 12.5% as FEMA and TEMA pays the rest. The system has applied for a grant that could help pay for the room. Rhea already has one Tornado Safe Space that was added on years ago to the Pre-K area.
The Safe Space, like all others, would be open to the public during after school hours and weekends in case of severe weather. Henson said they want to get the grant approved and be able to start work no later than May 1st on this portion of the project.
Henson also said the overall Rhea project is moving great. He said we’ve had great weather and it should have no problem being finished on time and likely early perhaps in mid to late July. The foundation will be completed this week, steel erected for the bus canopy next week, and all is going well.
Brown Tells PSSD Board Attendance is Slipping Some for Sickness
Paris, Tenn.- Brown told board members school attendance is starting to be a concern because of sickness. He said several students throughout the system went home on Tuesday and 8 teachers were out sick as well. Principals also told the board that they are beginning to have some issues finding subs as well. He said we will continue to monitor the sickness the rest of the week. Brown said when you make a decision to close, it can cause hardships on families so we take this into consideration before making that decision. Brown said with systems that have closed for sickness this year the main issue has been teachers being sick.
Brown said he was going to bid custodial services in March. He said it’s just time to do that as he tries to do that every 3-5 years. In addition to it being time to rebid, with the new addition at Rhea Elementary, the current company would likely renegotiate their price anyway. Classroom Furniture bids have already been sent out also.
Brown also said he would come back in March with proposals to replace the Inman Gym roof and refinish the gym floor. He reminded the board that was part of the 5 year plan for the system and it’s something that needs to be done pretty quickly.
PSSD BOE Approves Resolutions To Go Before General Assembly
Paris, Tenn.- In other action on Tuesday night, PSSD Board members approved a resolution to modify public chapter 680 concerning the grading system for assigning letter grades A thru F on State report cards for Tennessee Schools. Superintendent Mike Brown said this reduces all the accountability we have into a single letter grade.
The resolution urges the General Assembly to allow the Department of Education to work with stakeholders in developing an accountability system that meets the requirements of Every Student Succeeds with stigmatizing schools and students. Brown said, “they did this because parents and the community understand the letter grade, but reducing it to just one letter grade for our schools could be very misleading.”
The PSSD Board also approved a resolution to repeal Public Chapter 669 that requires public schools to provide certain minimum time of “non-structured physical activity” for students. Brown said this mandate takes away from instructional time because recess doesn’t count. The resolution asked to repeal the public chapter and amend it to allow local flexibility in its application for physical activity.
Coordinated School Health Director Sherry Wagner said the General Assembly passed the law and put the State Department of Education in charge of writing the guidelines to make sure students have some physical activity.
PSSD Board members also approved a resolution to oppose public funded vouchers. Superintendent Mike Brown said by approving this it goes on records that we do not think public tax dollars should go to private schools because they are not held to the same accountability standards as we are.
Three PSSD Teachers Approved for Tenure
Paris, Tenn.- The board approved tenure for three teachers of the PSSD. Heather Darnell, Pre-K teacher at Rhea Elementary, Windy Summers 5th grade teacher at Paris Elementary, and Karen Goodman, at Inman were all approved for tenure. In order to attain tenure, the teacher must complete 5 years of a probationary period and must receive expectations or at above expectations scores in the last two years of those 5 years.
Inman Athletic Building Nearly Complete
Paris, Tenn.- Superintendent Mike Brown told the board the Inman Athletic project is about 90% complete. All that is left if painting of the inside walls, sidewalks connecting to the Tornado Safe Space and School, and we are waiting for the gas company to run gas lines from Harrison Street. He said the deadline for the interior equipment and flooring to be delivered by March 1st. The project should be complete in just a matter of weeks.
County Commission Approves Resolution Backing Improve Act
Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt speaks to the commission. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)
Paris, Tenn.- It was a busy February session for the Henry County Commission when they met on Tuesday night as several resolutions were passed including a resolution to urge the Tennessee General Assembly to pass the Governor’s Improve Act regarding raising gas and diesel taxes and other taxes to help improve the transportation infrastructure of Tennessee.
County Road Supervisor Richie Chilcutt made a presentation to the Road Board last week and talked to the Commission on Tuesday on how Henry County would benefit from the passage of the Improve Act as $776K annually would be added to the General Fund from the Act. Chilcutt said the average person would see about a $4 increase per month as gas taxes would be increased 7 cents and diesel fuel tax would be increased 12 cents. The Act also includes a 3% increase on rental car fees, and taxes on hybrid and electric cars to help pay for their share as well.
Chilcutt said the gas tax hasn’t been increased since 1989 and this is a very fair tax. He added, “40% of the revenue generated will not even come from Tennessee residents as tourists and visitors from other states will pay on it as well”
County Mayor Brent Greer said “in order to generate the same amount of revenue this is projected to bring into the county, we’d have to levy a 13 cent property tax increase.”
Credit Card Approved for County Mayor's Office
Paris, Tenn.- In other action Tuesday, Commissioners approved a credit card policy for the Henry County Mayor’s Office allowing the office to obtain and use a Nationally Recognized credit card.
County Mayor Brent Greer said the State of Tennessee, County Audit Division, allows for counties and cities to use credit cards to ease purchasing as long as a policy is set in place. He said it would be used mostly for blocking off hotel rooms in advance of conferences.
The policy approved by commissioners Tuesday night stated the Mayor shall be responsible for card issuance and maintain a log of said issuances; card will be kept in possession of the Mayor; card shall be used for official business only; Mayor shall be responsible for notifying the proper authorities if any card is lost or stolen; and the card may be used by other employees only with authorization of the County Mayor.
The commission approved a resolution authorizing the sale of certain surplus delinquent tax property that has been offered to the public. Three parcels were included originally, but the resolution was amended to strike two of those for this month. The lot was approved to be sold for $1700.
The commission also approved a request from the Road Board to declare several items as surplus and sell those items. The items include scrap metal culvert and some older scrap vehicles.
Comm. Greg Carter To Resign Seat
Paris, Tenn.- It was learned at Monday night’s Commission meeting that Commission for District 5 Greg Carter is in the process of moving to Florida. Mayor Greer said he would likely officially resign next month and the commission would then hold an election the month after to fill the seat with another citizen of the 5th district until the next election.
Man, Woman Charged With Assault
Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Tony Hutcherson of the Paris Police Department has charged two individuals with assault after they attacked a man at the corner of Tyson and Mineral Wells. The report said Dallas T. Hoffman, age 29 of Memphis, and Eleanor Lynn Pitts, age 29 of Cordova, started hitting the man and attempting to take his sign. He then fought back and attempted to get away from the scene but the two tried to attack again. The report said other individuals got out of a car to break up the altercation. Hoffman was charged with simple assault and Pitts was charged with assault.
In an unrelated incident, Ptl. Zachariah Carper issued a citation on Shane Paschall, age 19, of 5450 Hwy. 54 for simple possession of schedule 6. Ptl. Carper had conducted a traffic stop and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Paschall admitted to having some on his person and was cited.
Deputies Investigate More Thefts From Around the County
Paris, Tenn.- Several reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office were taken over the weekend involving thefts. Cpl. Brian Davis took a report of a blue wooden toolbox stolen from Lakeside Estates Road. Another report said a chainsaw and battery from a lawnmower was stolen from an outbuilding on Hobby Road.
Over $2K worth of fishing equipment was stolen from a boat that was backed into a garage and a boat and trailer was stolen from Hwy. 140 storage sheds according to other reports at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Police continue to investigate all the thefts with no suspects at this time.
Voting for TDOT Contest Starts Tuesday
Nashville- Voting starts today to select winners from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Dynamic Message Sign Contest. TDOT received over 2000 entries for possible safety messages for the overhead signs located across Tennessee. The entries were narrowed down to the top 15 messages that cover safety issues such as distracted driving, seatbelt usage, impaired driving, speeding, and aggressive driving.
Voting is easy! Visit http://www.tn.gov/tdot/article/dms-contest and click the circle next to your favorite message. Voting will continue through March 7. The winning messages will be posted online the following week, and will be placed in rotation to run on the overhead Dynamic Message Signs statewide throughout the year. Some of the entries were modified slightly to fit guidelines for the signs.
A total of 177 Dynamic Message Signs are located in the state’s four urban areas (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville), and in some rural areas across the state. The main purpose of the signs is to alert motorists of incidents, lane blockages, hazardous road conditions, or Amber Alerts. In 2012, TDOT became the first DOT in the nation to display roadway fatality numbers on the overhead signs. In addition to the fatality statistics, safety messages are displayed during off-peak travel times.
Grove Save A Heart Day Set for Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- Thursday February 23rd. It’s the 9th year for the event as students will rotate thru heart healthy stations during the day. .
Stations include CPR Certification, led by approximately 20 volunteer certified CPR instructors. At the end of successful completion, students will be certified and receive their CPR Certification cards before the end of the year.
UT Martin students will lead a station on Social Media and positive peer pressure, Air Evac will lead the station on Heart-related emergencies and distracted driving, and there are also stations on teen pregnancy, STD’s and abstinence; exercise; and choices with drugs and alcohol. Save A Heart Day is always a great experience for Grove Students.
HCSS Holding Kindergarten Pre-Registration March 13-16
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System will hold Kindergarten Pre-registration for the 2017-18 school year March 13-16 at Harrelson, Henry, and Lakewood Schools.
Children who will be five years of age on or before August 15th are eligible for kindergarten. Parents should contact your child’s school to make an appointment to pre-register your child for Kindergarten for the week of March 13-16.
Harrelson will hold appointments Monday thru Wednesday 8am to 2pm and Thursday 8am to 6pm. Call 5427-3152. Henry will hold appointments Monday thru Thursday 8am to 2pm. Call 243-7114 for Henry. Lakewood will hold pre-registration for Kindergarten Monday thru Wednesday 7:45am to 2:45pm and Thursday 11am to 6pm for that week. Call Lakewood at 644-1600.
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.
Weekend Thefts Investigated By Deputies
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s stated that a home on Manley Street had about $1800 worth of change missing from it. Forced entry was gained by busting out the glass in a back door and several drawers were gone thru with papers and other items strewn about. The homeowners advised deputies more items might be missing and they will try to get a more detailed list soon.
A home on Foundry Hill Road has about $700 worth of lumber missing according to another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. The lumber was stacked up against the barn and was a variety of sizes. Officers do have a possible suspect as they continue to investigate.
Dep. James Higgins responded to Edwards Street to a report of a prowler and found Dep. Rodney Littleton and Trooper Adam Killion escorting a subject off the back deck. Dep. Littleton advised there was a baggie of marijuana on his person. Deandre Webb, age 19, of McCampbell Street, was arrested at the scene.
Another arrest from the weekend was William B. Mellon the 3rd, of 389 Charles McCaig Lane, for DUI 2nd Offense, Violation of implied consent, and aggravated domestic assault. He was placed on $6500 bond.
Grove/HCHS Move Parent Teacher Conferences Up An Hour Tues.
Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove School and Henry County High School will move the times of their parent teacher conferences on Tuesday to allow parents and fans to travel to Clarksville and see the Lady Patriots compete for the District 10-AAA championship against Rossview. The Parent Teacher conferences were originally scheduled for 1-7pm Tuesday but will be moved up and held from Noon-6pm.
Parent High School for Sophomores and Juniors at HCHS will also be moved up to start at 5pm on Tuesday.
The Lady Patriots will be at Northwest High School taking on Rossview, with tip set for 7:30pm on Tuesday evening.
Winders Brothers Do Well at UK Meet
Lexington, Ky.- The Winders brothers competed in the UK High School Invitational Track and Field Meet this past Saturday in Lexington. Titus Winders came in 2nd overall in the Boy’s 2 mile race. Titus finished with a time of 9:24, just 5 seconds behind the winner. Silas Winders came in 10th with a time of 9:48.
HCHD To Close Osage Crossland Rd. Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Osage Crossland Road on Tuesday February 21 for culvert replacement. The closure will be two tenths of a mile North of Grooms Road in the morning and seven tenths of a mile southeast of Pled Wade Road in the afternoon.
Investigation is Ongoing in Turkey Lane Shooting That Left One Man Dead
Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from the Henry County Sheriff's Office on Friday, February 17th at 10:43pm, the HCSO received a 911 call stating that an intruder at 70 Turkey Lane had been shot. Upon arrival, deputies found Jon Tyson Goodlow had been shot.
Jon Goodlow had been shot by the resident and determined that the wounds were fatal. Further investigation by the HCSO CID revealed that Jon T. Goodlow had been found by his estranged wife's car at the address due to a tracking device that was placed on her car by a third party.
Goodlow approached 70 Turkey Lane and retrieved the tracking device off of his estranged wife's car and then he went to the front door. After forcing his way into the home and being involved in a struggle with his estranged wife and the resident of the home John M. Green. According to the press release Goodlow was then shot by Green, but no charges have been filed yet.
HCSO CID Investigator Gary Vandiver is leading the investigation. HCSO CST, and the County Coroner pronounced Jon T. Goodlow deceased at the scene. The body was transported to Nashville for autopsy. Chief Lowe stated that HCSO was assisted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Henry County Rescue Squad.
Sheriff Belew also stated that the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. HCSO has been in constant contact with the District Attorney's Office and once the investigation is complete the evidence gathered will be turned over to them.
Every Beat Counts Heart Health Fair is Tuesday, Feb. 21st
Paris, Tenn.- The Every Beat Counts Heart Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 21st from 3pm to 6pm at the Bethel University- Paris Campus Atrium, which is located at 302-B Tyson Avenue in Paris.
The event is free to the public and the first 50 people to the event will receive a free pedometer. Screenings at the event will include: lipid panel cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure checks, stroke and sleep assessments and much more.
For more information about the event please call the FindLine at 644-3463.
Lady Pats Battle Rossview in District Championship on Feb. 21
Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots defeated the Clarksville High Lady Wildcats on Saturday 60 to 54. Gracie Osborn led the Lady Patriots with 35 points.
The Lady Patriots will now play the Rossview Lady Hawks in the District 10 AAA Championship Game on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:30pm at Clarksville Northwest High School.
The pregame show will begin at 7pm and the girls tip off at 7:30pm. If you can’t make it to the game you can listen to the Lady Patriots play on WLZK 94.1FM, or online at wmufradio.com or by calling 415-325-0723, just remember standard rates do apply.
The Lady Patriots have already earned a bid into the Regional Tournament.
Paris Woman Arrested for Assault
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Bryan Hall arrested Katrina C. Bevill, age 34 of 5248 Old Union Road of Paris, on Saturday for simple assault. Bevill was placed on $2,500 bond.
HC Office on Aging Trip to Civil Rights Museum is Feb. 24
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Office on Aging is recognizing February as Black History Month and they are planning a bus trip to go to Memphis and see the Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, a tour of the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, and eat at Central BBQ.
The West Tennessee Motor Coach needs at least 40 people to take part in the trip. The cost of the trip is $50 per person and money for lunch. The trip is scheduled for Friday, February 24th, with a back-up date in March should bad weather postpone the trip.
On the day of the trip the plans are to leave from the Central Community Building at around 7:30am, stop for a quick breakfast, and be back home between 4pm-8pm that evening.
For more information contact Samatha McCleese at the West TN Motor Coach at 642-0860, Reginald Caldwell, Director of the Office on Aging, at 642-2919, or Barbara Pearson at 644-3193.
Successful Day for the Mt. Zion Fundraiser
(Cassie Walsh photos)
Paris, Tenn.- The Mt. Zion Baptist Church held a benefit on Saturday, February 18th at the Trinity United Methodist Church which helped raise money to build a new church home.
Officers from the Henry County Sheriff's Office helping grill up lunch for the Mt. Zion Benefit. (Cassie Walsh photo)
There was bake sale, a silent auction, a cake walk, lunch and music. The Henry County Sheriff's Office helped grill hamburgers, hotdogs, and chicken leg quarters that were served for lunch. And everyone at the benefir enjoyed music from theMt. Zion Choir, The Barons, the Chill Tonics, The Local Strangers, The Jones Family, The Duttons and Marley Trosper, the Quinn Chapel Choir and more.
HCSO Hosts Drug Take Back Event on Feb. 18th
Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew, Deputy Hunter Wade and a volunteer help hand out medicine locking boxes at the Drug Take Back event on Saturday. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff's Department and the Henry County Prevention Coalition hosted a drug take back at the McDonald's in Paris on Saturday morning. The HCSO handed out approximately 30 of the 100 medicine locking boxes at the event despite the rain.
If you have prescription medication that you want to get rid of you can contact the Henry County Prevention Coalition at 731-336-2250 or you email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also like them on Facebook.
You can also drop off you unwanted medications at one of the two 24/7 Permanent Prescription Drop Box locations at Paris PD located at 100 North Caldwell Street or you can drop them off at the Henry County Sheriff's Department located at 210 Forrest Heights in Paris. For 24/7 prescription pickup assistance please call 731-642-1672.
Sheriff's Department Offers Cash Reward in Vandalism Crimes
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the vandalism of mailboxes that occurred on Vandyke Road, Macedonia Road and Palestine Road on Thursday, February 16th.
If anyone had information on the vandalisms, please contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 642-1672 or you can call the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Tip Hot Line at 642-0929.
PPD Sgt. Cagle Honored at Retirement Party of Friday
Paris Police Chief Elizondo presenting Sgt. Gerry Cagle with a plaque commerating his 27 years of service with PPD. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department held a retirement party for Sgt. Gerry Cagle on Friday afternoon. Paris Police Charles Chief Elizondo presented Sgt. Cagle with a Retirement Sergeant’s Badge and a plaque for his 27 years of service at the Paris Police Department. At the luncheon friends, family and Officers from PPD told stories and roasted Sgt. Cagle at the party.
Sgt. Cagle graduated from Ripley High School in 1973. Cagle join the United States Air Force in June 1973 and he was honorably discharged in May 1977. He also graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Paralegal Studies in December 1981.
Cagle worked at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office for over 7 years from 1982 to 1989. Then in 1990 he was hired by PPD Chief Richard Dunlap, where he has served the community for over 27 years. Sgt. Cagle has worked as a Deputy, Patrolman, Patrol Corporal and Patrol Sergeant serving six years as the 2nd officer of the PPD to serve as the Paris Special School District DARE Officer.
Paris Police Chief Elizondo presenting Sgt. Gerry Cagle with a Retirement Sergeant's badge in honor of his law enforcement service in Henry County. (Cassie Walsh photo)
Sgt. Cagle is retiring to take better care of his health and spend more time with his family and his twin brother Terry Cagle, who is also retiring from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office next week. When Sgt. Cagle was presented with his plaque he said,” Thank you. Be careful and have a good day.”
Thank you, Sgt. Cagle for serving in law enforcement and keeping Henry County safe for more than 34 years.
Paris Teen Arrested for Multiple Possession Charges
Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, PPD Ptl. Steven McClure arrested Shane Lee Paschall, age 19 of 5450 Hwy. 54 W. of Paris, on Thursday, for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, simple possession of schedule II substance and simple possession of schedule VI substance. Paschall was placed on $1,000 bond.
BPU Visits Henry School
Paris, Tenn.- Workers from the Board of Public Utiltiies continued their trips to area schools to teach students about Electricity, safety around it, and potential careers here in Henry County with a stop at Henry on Thursday afternoon. They were joined by the Clarksville Department of Energy. BPU has participated in the "Love of Learning" month in February and have visited several area schools from Pre-K on up. (David Kibbler photos)
Judge Parish Makes Decision on Probation Cases
Paris, Tenn.- Following a lengthy hearing held last week in Henry County Circuit Court, regarding the effects of a new law concerning criminal sentencing, a judge’s decision has been filed with Mike Wilson, the Clerk of Court. Victor Sims and A. B. Price intend to plead guilty to pending charges pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement with the sentence to be served partly in jail but with the remainder served on supervised probation.
The cases presented similar legal issues arising as a result of changes in Tennessee sentencing and probation statutes which became effective January 1. The collective effect of the statutes was to transfer from the trial judge to a probation officer the power to sanction a probationer for the violation of the most commonly disobeyed conditions of probation – like illegal drug use. Judges routinely impose restrictions or conditions on probationers at the time of sentencing.
In a forty-four page Order filed February 16; Judge Parish clarified some parts of the new statutes. The Judge decided that the legislature could not transfer the authority to make probation violation decisions from a court to a probation officer because those decisions were exclusively the duty of a judge, according to the Tennessee constitution. Judge Parish also concluded that an attempt to sanction a probationer from an alleged violation of probation, which involved a significant impact on their life, like being ordered to mental health treatment, required advance notice to the probationer and a fair hearing of the circumstances by a judge before the action could be taken, unless the action was knowingly agreed to by the probationer.
The Order says that about 2% of the adult population in the United States is under some form of correctional supervision. It is estimated that less than 50%
of probationers, both in Henry County and the nation, successfully complete the period of probation without having the probated sentence revoked due to the significant violation of a condition.
A return court date will be set for the two men.
Any party to the two cases may seek to appeal the decision to an appellate court.
Over 100 Jobs Added in Henry County in 2016
Paris, Tenn.- Existing industries in Henry County invested more than $19 million in new equipment and facility upgrades and added 107 new jobs to Henry County’s economy during the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016, according to a press release from CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton. The number of jobs increased from 1,658 full-time company positions to 1,765.
“70% of the new jobs created in manufacturing come from local industry expansions,” according to Hamilton. Adding, “We are fortunate to have strong, growing industries in Henry County and supporting our existing industries is our number one priority.”
These job growth figures only include manufacturing jobs and does not take into account the new jobs created in the retail, medical and commercial business sectors. “We have seen growth in our retail, medical and commercial sectors as well,” Hamilton stated.
The most recent unemployment figures provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows Henry County’s unemployment rate is 6.7%, a 1.9% decrease from the same period a year ago. There are 13,970 people in Henry County’s labor force, 13,040 people are employed and 930 people remain unemployed.
“We are working hard to create opportunities for the 930 people still unemployed in Henry County,” Hamilton stated.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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