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

 

Henry County Under Winter Storm Warning

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is currently under a winter storm warning effective from Sunday at noon until 6 AM Monday, according to the Memphis office of the National Weather Service.

Forecasts indicate a high likelihood of significant ice and sleet accumulations. Between 0.25" to 0.75" of ice is forecast, as well as 0.5" to 1" of sleet.
The ice accumulation may damage trees and power lines, potentially inducing power outages.

Driving conditions are also expected to become hazardous.

Forecasters urge motorists to avoid travel if at all possible, and advise everyone to prepare for potential lengthy power outages.

Here are a few helpful hints regarding ice accumulation from Cole Edwards, director of Electric Operations at BPU:             

  • Make sure you stay clear of all downed power lines and trees. Call the BPU to notify us of all downed lines.
  • Generator Use: As you see our crews pull up in your driveway, please notify them if you are using a generator.
  • Please install the generator with safety and install correctly. This will prevent back-feed onto the lines and increase the safety of our lineman.
  • BPU linemen are trained to look and be cautious of generators in use.
  • Please be patient with our guys as they will be working long hours and through the night. We know and will be working as safely and as quick to restore the power to Paris and Henry County.

Sheriff's Office Investigates Identity Theft Cases

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating two cases of identity theft.

A Puryear man recently received a debt collection letter regarding a $500 unpaid loan from a cash advance service. The company claimed a loan had been paid to a Regions Bank account in his name set up in October 2012.

The complainant stated he’d never held a Regions account before but has had identity theft issues in the past.

A Buchanan woman noticed over $100 in fraudulent charges on her credit card recently, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

After contacting her card company, she was informed that the products ordered on her card were not shipped to her or to her address.

The Sheriff's Office is currently investigating both cases and has no suspects at this time.

Sheriff's Office, Police Department Investigate Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Both the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police Department are investigating recent thefts, according to reports at both offices.

Several items were recently stolen from a Springville home, including a 2014 Polaris 4-wheeler, leaf blower and weed eater for a total value of over $1250.

The complainant said her father-in-law walks by the property daily and noticed the 4-wheeler missing Friday.

The Sheriff's Department has no suspects at this time.

Several rings were stolen from a home on Green Acres Drive in Paris recently, according to Paris Police Department reports.

The complainant said sometime between last November and Friday, four rings had been stolen from her bedroom jewelry box, including a wide-band double heart ring valued at $200, a gold wedding ring with onset diamonds valued at $400, a gold engagement ring with onset jewels valued at $300, and a 1985 class ring with an aquamarine stone valued at $300.

The Paris Police Department has two suspects in this case and is currently investigating.

Tennessee River Trails Association Plans Storytelling Session

Paris, Tenn.- The Tennessee River Trails Association is currently looking for stories from area residents at a Storytelling Session to be held Wednesday, March 5th at the Paris Civic Center.

These Storytelling Sessions will be held in each of the nine counties that make up the Tennessee River Trails Association: Henry, Stewart, Houston, Benton, Humphreys, Perry, Decatur, Hardin and Wayne Counties.

The goal of these sessions is to help identify the unique story that each community has to tell and highlight how these stories link the region together, creating an attractive destination for visitors.

The TRTA has been actively working to promote the region as a tourist destination rich in history that provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities with beautiful natural landscapes and features unique to the Tennessee River and its surroundings.

The stories told at these sessions will be used to create a local and regional marketing strategy that will promote tourism and provide for economic development opportunities.

Everyone’s invited to come share a story, listen to the stories our community has to tell, and learn about the area’s history.

The Storytelling Session will be held Wednesday, March 5th from 1 to 4 PM at the Paris Civic Center.

23 Graduate Chamber of Commerce Small Business Class

Murray State professor and former Chamber of Commerce president Dr. Jeff Seaton teaches a course on human resources during the Small Business Basics class series (Chamber of Commerce photo).

Paris, Tenn.- A group of 23 students graduated recently from the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Basics classes, sponsored by USDA.

The six weeks of courses focus on business planning, structuring, financing, marketing and human resources for existing and potential entrepreneurs. Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker, and Kevin Buie, K and B Supplies for Success, serve as facilitators for the program.

 

This year’s faculty included:

Landy Fuqua, Tennessee Small Business Development Center/REED Center at UT Martin;

Brian Foster, Landmark Realty;

Andy Collins, Commercial Bank;

Albert Wade, Greer and Wade;

Jim Thigpen, Tennessee Business and Industrial Development Corporation; Kathy Ray, Downtown Paris Association;

Jeremy Stone, Cowart, Reese and Sargent;

Mary Beth Puckett, My Favorite Things;

and Dr. Jeff Seaton, Murray State University.

 

Chamber President Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank, said “Supporting our local entrepreneurs with Small Business Basics is important for the Chamber. We are grateful to the USDA for their ongoing support and proud of every graduate over the last four years.”

 

This year’s graduates are as follows:

Billy Anderson, Paris;

Butch Bowling, McKenzie;

Leisa Bowling, McKenzie;

Cody Brown, McKenzie;

Cathy Crouch, Springville;

Craig England, Paris;

Juan Carlos Giron, Mayfield, Ky;

Richard Hall, Camden;

Garrett Haywood, Huntingdon;

Carion Melton, Big Sandy;

John Melton, Big Sandy;

Ernest Melton, Big Sandy;

Jerry Merchant, Belgrade, MT;

Jordan Merchant; McKenzie;

Joshua Merchant; McKenzie;

Wanda Merchant; McKenzie;

Jim Nelson, Paris;

Mary Nelson, Paris;

April Perry, Paris;

Ashley Rabas, Big Sandy;

Vivian Rogers, Paris;

Stanley Seay, Paris;

Andrew Webb, McKenzie.

For information on future Small Business Basics classes, contact the Henry County Chamber of Commerce at 731-642-3431.

W.G. Rhea Library To Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday on Monday.

From 5 to 6 PM Monday, children of all ages will be invited to the Franklin Thompson children’s room of the library where they can get a picture made with the Cat in the Hat, hear readings of classic Dr. Seuss stories, and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Refreshments will also be provided.

Call 731-642-1702 for more information.

 

Lewis Arrested in Misdemeanor Yard Sign Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Martin Lewis of Van Dyke Road in Paris was arrested Friday on charges of misdemeanor theft after allegedly stealing two yard signs.

A local gutter company notified the Henry County Sheriff's Office that their yard sign advertisements were being removed; upon investigation, Lewis was charged with the removal of two yard signs valued at $25 apiece from Van Dyke and Bunn School Road intersections.

Lewis was released on $250 bond and will appear in general sessions court Monday.

French Holds Meet and Greet to Standing Room Only Crowd

(Tim Pharr photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A crowd estimated at well over 700 came out to a meet and greet for Randi Allen French, one of the candidates on the May 6th Primary, who will be running for Henry County Trustee. The event was held at the Paris Convention Center Thursday evening.

French spoke and thanked everyone for their support. Food was served and musical entertainment was provided.

French is seeking the office of trustee along with Leisa Wimberley on the May ballot. The winner will then face Cynthia Hopkins, who qualified as an independent candidate, in the August County General Election. David Stone, who has served as Henry County Trustee since 2006, withdrew his qualifying papers on Wednesday and continues to be in rehab after being arrested a couple of times in an eight day span.

HCMC Board Of Trustees Approves OR-7 Renovation Plan

Stan Seay, Director of Plant Operations

goes over the renovation plan at

Thursday's board of trustee's

meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks Photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, the board approved spending $116K in architect and design fees, to begin the process of a renovation at the medical center which will include one new operating room, a seven station recovery room, and new area for central supply storage.

Stan Seay, director of Plant Operations at HCMC, along with representatives from TLM architect firm, showed a presentation to board members on a project that would occur in three phases, and have a total cost of around $1.1M.

Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee explained the current operating rooms were built when the hospital was originally built in 1953. He said there really isn’t enough space in many of them, because the technology and equipment that has changed so much since that time.

In the first phase of the project, TLM representative Bill Allen explained to the board that the existing shell space would be renovated to be a new recovery room, which would allow 7 patients at a time to recover. The recovery room would also have its own mechanical room, supply closet, and nurse’s station.

Phase two would be the renovation of the existing recovery room into a central supply area. It would be expanded from 600, to about 1000 feet.

Phase three would be to turn the existing central supply area into OR-7, making it the 7th operating room in the hospital, and one that has more space.

Seay and Allen both pointed out that by doing this in three phases, and not starting one until the other is complete, the entire project could be done without major disruption to any of the operations going on in the surgery and recovery rooms right now.

The board discussed the project and was told the total time frame for completion would be about 10-12 months. Gee added, “surgery is the lifeblood of the hospital, so this addition of a new operating room and bigger recovery room is very important to our organization.”

Legislature Still Not Keen on Expanding Medicaid

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s Hospital board meeting saw Administrator Tom Gee tell the board that they have met with legislators to encourage them to push for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Gee said it appears however that there is not much willingness to do anything during this legislature session. The state is foregoing $1.5B in federal funds which are available to support the expansion.

Gee also told the board of trustees that physician recruitment is ongoing and they have an orthopedic candidate that will be visiting next week. He said hopefully this will be a good fit for our expanding and ensuring continued long term coverage of this service. Gee said its important to get another physician in place in order to not get hurt financially by a drop in this critical service.

The medical center is also continuing to pursue prospects for pediatrics, psychiatry, and urology. In addition, Drs. Cunningham and Miller began their cardiology service in Paris this week, coming from Jackson General. Gee said both of them talk positively about the opportunities and say they will support HCMC programs.

More Info Released On Wednesday's Deadly Fire

Buchanan, Tenn.- More details have been released in the fire that resulted in the death of a Buchanan man Wednesday. The press release from the sheriff’s office stated that deputies responded to 2445 Red Top Hill Road and found Wallace “Wally” Harrier, age 66 deceased.

Harrier had been out back of his home clearing some of his property and was burning off some of the grass area. It appears at some point Harrier was caught on fire and attempted to retreat from the area before collapsing. Harrier did have burns to a large portion of his body and most of his clothing had been on fire.

Harrier was seen by neighbors about 30 minutes prior to the call. One neighbor saw him burning the grass and exchanged a wave. The next time the neighbour looked in that direction, the fire was out of control and notification was attempted with Harrier. This is when Harrier was discovered to be down. EMS, Paris Landing Volunteer Fire Department and TN Forestry Division were called to the scene.

Harrier was pronounced deceased at the scene by Coroner Danny Tucker. The death has been ruled an accidental death by fire

Optimists Club Last Trivia Night of the Year is Set for Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Optimist Club will be hosting its final Trivia Night of the Year at the First United Methodist Church on Saturday night March 1st at 7pm. You can come by yourself, bring a team of six, or any number in between. The game is based on Trivial Pursuit with eight rounds of questions chosen by the teams from ten topics.

The topics cover the range from history to current events, sports, and entertainment, to the truly trivial. The team can discuss their answers so that no one person needs all the answers. The cost for trivia night is $6 per person or purchase a ticket for $5 from any Optimist Club member and be entered in the drawing for a country ham to be held Saturday evening. All money raised help support the Optimist Buddy Program and the youth of Henry County.

Reminder: Deadline to Enter Photo Showcase is Friday

Awards Reception Will Be Held Sunday at 2pm

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.

Highway Department Closing Portions of Roads Thursday, Monday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department is closing Crossland Road at 2165 address for repair on Thursday and should have it open again for afternoon and evening traffic.

The Highway department is also closing Whitlock Paris Road, 1.4 miles south of Whitlock Road on Monday March 3rd for culvert replacement, weather permitting. The road should be opened to evening traffic.

BPU Flushing Hydrants Week of March 3

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants the week of March 3rd. BPU customers could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water. Please check for discoloration of water prior to doing laundry. If these conditions occur, run water through a faucet for several minutes. The water should return to normal in a short amount of time. If problems continue please feel free to contact Terry Wimberly at 642-1322 ext. 149.

BPU Board Approves Contractors for Electric Warehouse Construction Project

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Public Utilities board of directors met on Wednesday approved to allow General Manager John Etheridge to enter into contracts with 21 different contractors on the Electric Department warehouse construction project.

Etheridge explained to the board that bids for all the work on the construction of the warehouse were taken earlier in February ranging from HVAC, painting, and more. He said BPU along with construction manager and the architect for the project had went over the bids and accepted the lowest bids on all contracts for work.

Etheridge told the board he was pleased that over $1M worth of the work is going to local contractors who bid on the various parts of the construction project. The overall total budget for the Electric Warehouse is going to run under $2.6M, which includes land acquisition, fees, and all parts of the project.

Board members briefly discussed a few issues, but once they learned the architect and construction manager had been ok with submitting these bids, voted to give Etheridge authority to enter into contractors.

The BPU board also approved a purchase of three single phase voltage regulators for the North Paris Substation. The low bid went to the company, Siemens for a price of $99,885.

The board also approved the notion of amending the benefits for BPU employees to allow $500 to roll over at the end of the year if they have a Health Flexible Spending Account set up. Etheridge said in the past whatever money wasn’t used in the FSA was lost for the employees, but new changes have since come forth, allowing up to $500 to be rolled over into the next calendar year.

Etheridge reported to board members that he has talked with other utilities in the area and some are interested in leasing the dark fiber from BPU and it could be a lucrative deal. He said very few companies in West Tennessee have dark fiber now and this could mean substantial dollars to the BPU in the future.

Electric Department to Join 811 Initiative

Paris, Tenn.- More from Wednesday’s BPU board meeting, saw General Manager John Etheridge inform the board that legislation is currently being looked at to mandate all utility companies be a part of the Tennessee One Call, call before you dig, or 811 program to locate gas lines and other utilities. Etheridge said the water and wastewater departments had been apart of the 811 initiative, but the Electric Department had not. He said they have decided to go ahead and have the electric department join which will mean some upfront costs, but in case the state legislature does mandate if for all companies, they will already be joined.

The BPU board heard financials from December and January at the board meeting Wednesday. Etheridge said all three departments saw positive net income in December and negative net income in January. He said he is confident that all three departments will finish the fiscal year, which ends June 30th, in the black.

In the Electric Department, records for kilowatt hours sold were seen in January, due to brutally cold weather that set in on the area for most of the month. He said they are in a good cash position and currently in the black, year to date.

In the water department financials, it was learned that the new water meters are reading more accurately since being installed and they aren’t losing as much water now. Etheridge reported that cash position for the water department was good as well.

Wimberly to BPU Board: No Hurry on Water Treatment Plant

Terry Wimberly, director of operations for water and wastewater at BPU, informed board members that Jacobs Engineering is continuing to work on cost analysis of structurally retrofitting the water treatment plant with upgrades vs. building a new structure. Wimberly said we are in no big hurry with this, as many of the financing options won’t become available until 2015 anyway.

The county and city have already granted BPU their use of Community Development Block Grant money for 2015 and Wimberly also said they have gotten on the State Revolving Loan list, which could send some very low interest monies there way as well.

David Stone Officially Withdraws From Trustee Race

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Elections Administrator Darrin Thompson said that he had received a letter from current Henry County Trustee David Stone saying Stone was withdrawing his paperwork and will not seek re election for the office at the May primary.

Stone had until noon tomorrow to decide whether or not to withdraw from the trustee’s race and Thompson said he received a letter from Stone, who is currently in rehab, to withdraw the paperwork, thus disqualifying him from running in the May primary.

Stone was arrested twice in an eight day span in late January and early February is set to appear back in court March 13th for a status check on his rehab. The Trustee race now shapes up like this: on the May primary ballot Leisa Wimberley and Randi Allen French will face off for the Trustee’s seat. Cynthia Hopkins has qualified as an independent candidate and will face the winner of the May primary in the August general election.

Paris Man Charged with Marijuana Possession

Paris, Tenn.- A press release at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that officers from the Metro Crime Unit, Paris Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jonathan D. Taylor on Felony Drug charges at his home at 1450 N. Market Street Tuesday evening.

Officers received information that Taylor, had ‘heavy traffic,’ and a strong odor of marijuana coming from his apartment, Metro Crime Unit Officers did obtain and execute a search warrant. While executing the search warrant, Taylor attempted to run out of his upstairs apartment through the balcony door.

Officers were able to apprehend Taylor while he was attempting to flee and while doing so, Taylor threw 16 baggies of marijuana out into the playground area at the apartment complex. Officers recovered the narcotics which were all packaged for resale.

K9’s Striker and Si were brought in to assist with the search of the apartment and over a ½ pound of marijuana was located in the dryer and several ounces of marijuana was located in the bathroom.

The K9’s also alerted on Taylor’s vehicle which was parked in front of the apartment and officers located over an ounce of marijuana in the car. Taylor was charged with possession of schedule 6 with the intent to sell, manufacture, and deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers seized Taylor’s car and over $600 in cash. Taylor was taken to jail and placed on $5K bond.

Smith's Tire Barn Owner Charged with Arson

Paris, Tenn.- Joseph Smith, owner of Smith's Tire Barn, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and became the fourth person charged with arson following a fire last Friday morning that destroyed the business, several vehicles of citizens throughout the county, and some of the TRW storage buildings located next door.

Smith, age 55, of 5750 Highway 69A, was charged with one count of arson Tuesday afternoon and is currently being held in the Henry County jail on $100K bond.

The sheriff's office and State Bomb and Arson Squad is still investigating the fire and State Investigator Steve McClure filed the charges on Smith. Investigator Adam Jenkins made the arrest.

Just hours after the fire Friday, three people were arrested and charged with one count of arson. William Tomlin, Diane Tomlin, and Micheal Allred have since been charged with four more counts of arson, because of the numerous vehicles that burned up in the blaze.

Dep. Brian Davis, happened to be in the area during the early hours Friday morning on patrol and saw two of the people walking down the road, then noticed the building on fire. Dep. Davis went back and found a third person sitting in a car nearby waiting on the other two and took all three, both Tomlins and Allred, into custody.

The Tomlins and Allred will appear Thursday in General Sessions court and are also in jail on $100K bond.

Paris Lions Club Outrun the Law 5K Will be March 15th

Pre-registration deadline is Saturday March 1st

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Lions Club will present the first ever Out Run the Law 5K on Saturday March 15th at 8am at Henry County High School.

Special awards will be given to the top male and female overall and masters and nice medals will go to the top three finishers in each age division. Also a special award will be given to any runners that can “Outrun the Law.” Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew will be running in the race and if you can outrun him, you will get an award.

Pre-registration is $15 for the 5K and must be postmarked by this Saturday March 1st. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a t-shirt. Race Day registration will be held at the High School from 6:30am to 7:45am.

For more information contact Lance Winders at 644-1600. Entry forms can be turned back into Lakewood Elementary School.

Reminder: Eagle Creek Clinic/HCMC To Hold Healthcare Informational Session Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- Eagle Creek Clinic and the Henry County Medical Center will hold an informational session on finding health coverage and the Healthcare Marketplace this Thursday February 27th from 4:30-6:30pm at Eagle Creek Clinic located at 14201 Highway 79 N.

Two certified application counselors will be on hand to answer questions and help people sign up for insurance on a first come, first served basis.

To make an appointment or learn more call 644-8215 or visit the medical center’s website at www.hcmc-tn.org.

HC Relay for Life Receives Per Capita Award for 2013 Relay

Paris, Tenn.- Relay for Life of Henry County recently received a Per Capita Award for the 2013 Relay season placing Top 20 in the State of Tennessee.  The award presented at a recent Relay for Life Team Rally held at Bethel University in Paris, by Molly Jackson, Event Chair for 2014, and her daughter Lucy Beth Jackson to Dana Allen, outgoing 2013 Event Chair.  (Attached photo courtesy of Sabrina Buckley, Event Co-chair 2014, used with permission from the HC Relay for Life Facebook page)  

Per capita is based on the population of the county and the overall funds raised.  Henry County's per capita for 2013 was$4.30.  The last time Henry County was recognized in this category was 2006.  Last year's event was previously recognized by the American Cancer Society as an All American Relay Event for meeting branding and messaging criteria.  Henry County also placed third place most funds raised in West Tennessee for the 2013  Event behind Dyer and Madison Counties.  

"We feel blessed to live in such a generous community.  We are also blessed with dedicated volunteers who are filled with pride for Henry  County. 

They understand how the American Cancer Society uses the funds raised for research across Tennessee and across the globe. They also understand how important the patient support services provided to those fighting cancer are to patients in our community daily.    As someone who's family has been touched by cancer, I can't thank our volunteers enough for what they do!"  stated outgoing Event Chair   Dana Allen.      

Critical Need for O Negative Blood; Bloodmobile at HCMC Wed

Paris, Tenn.- The Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the Henry County Medical Center on Wednesday February 26th from 9-11:30am and again from 12:30-4pm. Blood levels are very low on all types right now with a critical need for O negative blood.

All eligible donors are encouraged to come out and give blood if they can Wednesday at the HCMC. Be sure and bring a photo ID with you when you go to give blood.

Thefts Reported Throughout the County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Harrison Lane was broken into with several items stolen and the home completely ransacked. Stolen from the home was a 32 inch Flat Screen TV, microwave, DVD player, stereo equipment, and other items valued at nearly $1K. Police have no suspects.

A well pump valued at $500 was stolen in a separate incident from a home on Reynoldsburg Road and 9 batteries and a GPS unit were stolen off various dump trucks and tractors parked on Little Benton Road, according to more reports at the Sheriff’s Office. The items stolen from Little Benton Road valued over $5K. Deputies have no suspects in either theft.

Getting Ready for Chili Day

Paris, Tenn.- Members of the Paris Lions Club (picuted above, Andy Collins photo) have been at it for many hours already Tuesday morning gearing up for the annual Lions Club Chili Day. The event raises money for the Lions Club's hearing and sight conservation and more.

The Paris Lions Club is holding their annual Lions Club Chili Day at the First United Methodist Church from 11am to 7pm. It’s all you can eat World Famous Lions Club Chili, crackers and chips, drink, and dessert for only $8. You can dine in or carry out. Tickets are available at the door.

City Hall Hosts Chamber Coffee Tuesday Morning

 

Paris, Tenn.- Paris City Hall was the host of the February Chamber Coffee Tuesday morning. Pictured above Gayle Griffith, vice mayor, and Sam Tharpe, mayor of Paris chat with others. Pictured below city commissioner Carlton Gerrel and Brian Foster talk. (Chamber photos)

 

Waddey Kids to Sponsor Pancake Supper March 8th

Event is Fundraiser to Help Orphan Find Forever Homes

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- A well known Cottage Grove family is sponsoring a pancake supper benefit to help raise awareness for orphans and help orphans find forever homes. Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey, his wife Robin, and all 7 of their children are involved in this event.

Mayor Waddey said his kids, Caleb, Andrew, Laura, Joshua, Lydia, Rebecca, and providing moral support, 10 month old Benjamin, wanted to work on this event and do it as a service project.

The Western District Baptist Association, located at 1160 Tyson Avenue, will be the site of the pancake supper, silent auction, and bake sale on Saturday March 8th to benefit Show Hope, an organization dedicated to helping orphans find forever homes. The event will run from 5pm to 7:30pm on March 8th.

Adult tickets for the pancake supper are $5, children under 10 can eat for only $3. A silent auction and bake sale will also be going on at the event. Donations for the silent auction are continuing to come in daily and already several area businesses have donated items that will be in the silent auction.

If you would like to donate, items, services, or money visit the website http://members.shaohannahshope.org/goto/waddey or call Mike Waddey for more information at 336-3655.

Grove's 6th Annual Save a Heart Day is Thursday

Paris, Tenn.- E.W. Grove School will hold their 6th annual Save a Heart Day on Thursday February 27th as students will rotate between heart healthy stations throughout the school day.

Students will go thru a CPR certification class and will be trained by a certified CPR Instructor. Once students complete this successfully they will be certified in CPR and will receive CPR Certification cards before the end of the school year.

Over the last 5 years, almost 1800 Henry County teens have become CPR certified through this initiative. The CPR certification station will be led by LuJan Meketi, Angie Dotson, and about 20 volunteer, certified CPR instructors.

Another station students will rotate thru on Save a Heart Day at Grove will be heart risk factors and nutrition. Michele Atkins and Barbara Kelly will led this station and students will earn about heart related numbers of which to be aware and unhealthy vs. healthy activities for the heart. Students will also learn about appropriate nutrition that leads to a healthy lifestyle, sample healthy foods, and experience the effects of extra weight on the body.

Students will learn about tobacco in the station led by Grove School Nurse Kristen Robbins and UT Martin Students. During this session, students will learn about the negative effects on the heart when using tobacco products.

Nationally known speaker Lucas Hurd will led the station on teen pregnancy, STDs, and abstinence. Hurd will discuss real issues on these topics in a fun, appropriate way. Henry County currently has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state.

Other stations students will go thru Thursday deals with exercise and choices with drugs and alcohol.

Inman's Bags for Wags Provides Donations to Animal Shelter

Paris, Tenn.- Inman Middle School students donated hundreds of items to the Henry County Animal Shelter recently, in their brand-new Bags for Wags program.

Donations were taken from all school students; altogether, approximately 1500 items were donated to the shelter, ranging from collars and leashes to rawhides, blankets and bowls.

In addition to those donations, $200 was donated to Dr. Boley of the Animal Doctor in order to spay or neuter potential adoptees from the animal shelter.

Sgt. Wade of the Sheriff’s Department has also pledged four dog obedience lessons in order to improve the adoption chances of certain dogs.

The homeroom with the most donations in each grade will be treated to a pizza party by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, with the second-place homeroom receiving sausage and biscuits.

Bags for Wags was a concept developed entirely by Inman students, with the Inman Informers group traveling to the animal shelter to produce a video in order to generate interest in the program. In the past three weeks since Inman’s students started the program, 8 dogs have been adopted from the Henry County Animal Shelter.

Inman principal Jason Scarborough views the event as a huge success, and believes this fundraiser will become a regular event alongside Inman’s fall food drive for the Henry County Food Bank.

Law Enforcement Busy Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department made two arrests after a traffic stop over the weekend. The report at the Paris Police Department stated that he observed the vehicle with no working taillights and made the traffic stop and watched as a the back seat passenger opened the back door and drop something outside the vehicle.

Ptl. McClure identified the driver as Henry William Fisher, age 21, of 1635 Copper Springs Road and the backseat passenger as Angela Youngblood, 35, of Jack Younger Lane. After assistance arrived, he managed to find an empty uncapped syringe in the roadway that had been dropped out of the vehicle. Youngblood admitted to taking morphine earlier and it was hers.

Dispatch revealed that Youngblood had previous warrants and Fisher’s license was suspended. Youngblood was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and Fisher was charged with driving on a suspended license.

Sgt. Josh Frey of the Paris Police department charged Jordan A. Henry, age 22, of 206 Wynn Street with evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, seat belt violation, and possession of schedule six with intent after a traffic stop over the weekend.

The report at the Paris Police department stated Sgt. Frey saw Henry not wearing his seatbelt and made a traffic stop. Henry then opened the door and attempted to stuff a white sack in his pants, then took off running. The sack contained marijuana and after a brief search of the area, Henry wasn’t found. Sgt. Frey did find information in the vehicle that lead to Henry’s identification and he was arrested later on this weekend and charged as noted.

A home on Mayburn Drive in Springville had around $900 worth of items stolen off a boat at the property. Marine batteries, battery chargers and several rods and reels were stolen from the inside of the boat, according to the report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.. Police have no suspects at this time.

Winders Competes At UK High School Invitational

Javan Winders running at the Invitational. Lance Winders photo

Lexington, Ky.- Henry County’s Javan Winders competed in the University of Kentucky High School Invitational Indoor Track and Field Meet this past Saturday. Javan came in 3rd out of 15th in his heat in the One Mile run finishing in 4:32. He came in 27th out of 42 runners overall. In the two mile run, Javan was 12th in his heat and 28th out of 39 overall with a time of 10:03.

This was one of the biggest high school meets in the nation and several 2014 top ten national performances were achieved in most events. Javan’s time of 4:32 in the one mile run was his fastest time ever.

The Henry County High School Track team will begin competition at the Early Bird Invitational at Kenwood High School in Clarksville on Saturday March 15th.

Several Changes Made to Tennessee Business Tax

Paris, Tenn.- A new Tennessee statute has made significant changes to the way state business taxes will be filed, according to the County Clerk’s office.

 

All business tax returns must now be electronically filed and payments remitted electronically to the state Department of Revenue.

 

Also, all businesses’ tax periods will now coincide with their fiscal years, rather than arbitrary dates set under state law.

 

Under the new statute, businesses have four months and fifteen days after their fiscal year ends in order to file business taxes. For example, if a business’s fiscal year stretched from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, taxes would be due the following April 15th.

 

There have been changes to business licenses as well. Licenses will now expire 30 days after the tax due date each year. In this transition period, businesses will be granted an automatic extension on their licenses assuming the business has properly filed and paid taxes in 2013 and in previous years.

 

Also, businesses with less than $10,000 in annual gross income no longer need a regular license, and can apply for a Minimal Activity License which is $15 annually. That license can be obtained from the Henry County Clerk’s Office.

 

Businesses with less than $3,000 annual gross income do not need a business license at all.

 

The Tennessee Department of Revenue has advised that all businesses complete applications to remit taxes electronically as soon as possible, to aid in the transition.

 

For more information on the changes to state business tax or to sign up to file business taxes electronically, visit: http://www.state.tn.us/revenue/tntaxes/businesstax/biztaxtransition.shtml

K-9 Unit Recovers Stolen Motorcycle

Springville, Tenn.- Outstanding police work on the part of K-9 unit Cisco led to the recovery of a stolen motorcycle, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

 

Officer Wayne Fuqua responded to the report of a stolen motorcycle in Springville alongside his K-9 unit Cisco.

The motorcycle’s owner was out of town on business; his mother had come by to check on the property and saw a storage shed door standing open and the motorcycle missing.

 

After speaking with the owner by phone, Fuqua learned the bike was 100% custom built and worth well over $20,000.

 

Initial attempts to locate and follow a trail by Cisco were unsuccessful; however, while Fuqua was giving the dog a break and walking alongside the road, Cisco suddenly lunged into the woods as if trying to take a trail. Fuqua let Cisco go and followed him approximately 100 yards into the woods, where the two found the stolen motorcycle abandoned.

 

Thanks to Cisco’s efforts, the motorcycle was returned to its rightful owner.

Several Citizens' Vehicles Destroyed in Tire Barn Fire

Paris, Tenn.- Four vehicles have been reported lost so far in the Smith’s Tire Barn fire on Thursday, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

 

One man reported that his white Ford Ranger was having brake work performed in the shop at the time of the fire and was completely destroyed. The truck was valued at $3,000 along with a collection of miscellaneous tools stored in the vehicle.

 

Another man had his van lost in the fire. The van had been at Smith’s since Feb. 19th for front end work. The van was heavily customized and had a brand-new motor, and was valued at over $10,000.

 

A blue 2003 Ford Mustang was also destroyed in the fire. The car was having a timing problem in the engine resolved when the building was destroyed. The vehicle was valued at $9,000 along with a $2500 stereo system.

 

Also, a 1998 Ford Windstar minivan was destroyed. The vehicle had been in Smith’s for several days awaiting the arrival of a new transmission. The van was valued at $3,000.

Paris Police Recover Large Amounts of Marijuana in Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department made multiple arrests on marijuana charges recently.

 

On Friday, officers executed a search warrant at a residence on South Porter Street. Officers cleared the residence and found that no one was home; upon searching the premises, officers found a large bag of marijuana and a set of digital scales in a bedroom.

 

The marijuana weighed in at 102 grams (over 3.5oz).

 

After officers found an ID belonging to Joe Paul Hayes, age 22 of that address, in the same bedroom, an arrest warrant was issued for possession of a Schedule VI substance with intent to distribute.

 

Hayes turned himself in on the active warrant Friday afternoon, and has a court date set for February 27.

 

Officers also recovered a large amount of marijuana in a traffic stop recently. Sgt. Ramos of the Paris Police Department stopped a black Nissan on East Wood Street as the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.

 

Upon speaking with the driver, Ramos noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

 

Ramos proceeded to search the vehicle due to the odor, at which point the passenger, Nicholas Ryan Bradley, age 27 of Cottage Grove, said he had smoked before leaving home.

 

Ramos patted Bradley down and found a large bag in his pants near his groin.

 

Bradley was transported to the Henry County Correctional Facility where officers recovered 26 grams (just under an ounce) of marijuana. Bradley was arrested and charged with simple possession of a Schedule VI substance and a seatbelt violation.

Paris Police Investigate Storage Building Theft

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Department investigators are currently looking into a burglary reported Friday at West Wood Storage.

 

The complainant informed officers that his storage unit had been broken into sometime recently; the burglar cut the lock off the unit, ransacked its contents and stole several household appliances.

 

A side by side refrigerator, glass top stove, washer and dryer combo, and

La-Z-Boy recliner were stolen from the unit, totalling $3,000 in value.

 

The Paris Police Department is currently investigating this theft and has no suspects at this time.

Historic Downtown Murray Building Collapses

Murray, Ky.- Murray’s court square lost a piece of history Saturday with the collapse of a historic structure, the 4th and Main Street building.

 

The building currently housed a law firm and insurance offices as well as apartments on the upper level; fortunately, no one was in the offices or apartments at the time of the collapse.

 

Murray authorities are still investigating the incident and are unsure what may have caused the collapse.

 

Murray police have been rerouting traffic in the downtown area in order to minimize disruption.

Patriots Knocked Out in Game One of Regional Tournament

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Patriots mens' basketball team hosted Wilson Central Saturday night in Game 1 of the TSSAA Class AAA Region 5 tournament.

The Patriots fell to Wilson Central by a final score of 47 to 54. Wilson Central will advance to face Station Camp in the regional semifinals, while District 10-AAA champs Kenwood will square off against Mt. Juliet in the second semifinal game.

Patriots' senior center Brandon Donaldson capped off his HCHS career as the all-time leading Patriot scorer; he put up an additional 13 points in Saturday night's contest.

In the Class A Region 7 tournament games held Saturday, McKenzie defeated Lake County in a close contest, 57 to 53; McKenzie will advance to the semifinals where they will face Union City, who beat West Carroll Saturday 84 to 44.

Huntingdon was unable to make the district semifinals, losing to Humboldt

74-59.

Camden Central was knocked out of the first round of the Class AA Region 6 tournament, losing to Cascade 62-59.

Six Acres Burned in Wildfire on Guthrie Road

The aftermath of a fire that claimed six acres of land on Guthrie Road Saturday (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Fire Department units and a Tennessee Department of Forestry fire suppression team responded Saturday afternoon to a wildfire on Guthrie Road.

The property owner stated a campfire had spread and gotten out of control; firefighters managed to contain the blaze, but not before six acres of land were burned.

Department of Forestry firefighter Darren Webb said the Guthrie Road fire was the third fire his unit had responded to that day, having earlier worked a wildfire on Herschel Sykes Road near Paris Landing and a yard fire on Pleasant Grove Road in Springville.

Paris Opry Now Scheduling Auditions

Paris, Tenn.- This year's Paris Opry, presented by Tomorrow's Hope Pregnancy Center, has been scheduled for June 21, and event organizers are currently scheduling auditions to find performers for the upcoming show.

Acts will include bluegrass, blues, country and gospel music performances as well as comedy and dancing.

If you're interested in scheduling an audition, call 731-363-0801.

Auditions will likely be held from now until the end of April.

 

Joe Mahan Ford Receives 40 Year Honor

(L-R) Diane Mahan, Joe Mahan, and Jeff Mahan receive their 40 year dealer award from Brad Lawrence, Business Development Manager with Ford Motor Credit (Ashley Baskin photo).

Paris, Tenn.- The mainstay auto dealership Joe Mahan Ford in Paris received a big honor recently.

Ford Motor Credit presented the dealership with an award marking 40 years of dealership service; Joe Mahan Ford opened to the public on January 1, 1974.

In addition, several Joe Mahan technicians received Master Technician awards.

Those recipients are:

Dan Dawson, Senior Master Technician

James Jackson, Senior Master Technician

Andy Cox, Chassis Master Technician and Engine Master Technician

David Kuenzle, Chassis Master Technician and Engine Master Technician

Ronnie Burnette, Chassis Master Technician and Engine Master Technician

Senior Master Technicians are master certified in engine, chassis and drivetrain.

(L-R) Danny Dawson, James Jackson, Andy Cox, and David Kuenzle are pictured with Jeff Mahan upon receiving their Master Technician certifications. Not pictured is Ronnie Burnette, Chassis Master Technician and Engine Master Technician (Ashley Baskin photo).

 

Aftermath of Thursday Night's Fire at Smith's Tire Barn

Firefighters with the Paris Fire Department work to contain flare-ups Friday morning next to a truck destroyed on the Smith's Tire Barn property (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Very little remains of the Smith's Tire Barn building after Thursday night's blaze (Alex AuBuchon photo).

TRW Storage next door lost 17 units in the fire. Also pictured is a home on Jackson Forrest Road that had to be evacuted Thursday night due to heat and smoke (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Three Arrested for Arson in Connection with Smith's Tire Barn Fire

    

Micheal Alred               William Tomlin            Diane Tomlin

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff's office stated that on Friday morning at 1:01 am Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy, Brian Davis, was on patrol on Hwy 79N. As Davis approached Smith’s Tire Barn located at 3940 Hwy 79N, he observed two individuals walking down the highway. As Davis passed them he noticed flames coming from inside the building of the tire center.  Officer Davis turned around and stopped the pair, as he investigated their reason to be in the area.

The sheriff’s office CID was called and took over questioning of the subjects and another person that had stopped in a vehicle to give the pair a ride.

Interviews were conducted at the sheriff’s office by Captain Damon Lowe and Investigator Adam Jenkins, which lead to charges being filed against three people for the charge of Arson.

Charged for the fire are William Tomlin Jr. age 56 of Hwy 69 South Paris TN, Diane Tomlin age 42 of Hwy 69 South Paris TN and Michael Allred age 21 of Hwy 69 South Paris TN.  The trio have a bond set at $100,000 and will appear in General Sessions Court next Tuesday, Feb 25th 2014 at 9:00 am.

They are each charged with one count of arson but more charges could be forthcoming. Arson in the state of TN is a class C Felony.

The blaze was excessive in both size and heat causing at least three homes on Jackson Forrest Rd to be evacuated. Those homes were located directly behind the tire center.

Paris Fire Department responded to the fire along with volunteer fire department units from Paris Landing, Oakland, Springville and the State Forrest Division.

The Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad was called and assisted with traffic

control on both Hwy 79N and Elkhorn Rd.

Smith’s Tire Barn was a total loss as were seventeen storage units belonging to TRW, which is in the adjoining parking lot.

The fire is still under investigation and State Bomb and Arson agents have been called to assist in the case.

Breaking News: Early Morning Fire Destroys Smith's Tire Barn

Parts of the fire are still burning this morning at Smith's Tire Barn. The building was nearly

completely destroyed and some of the storage units next to Smith's Tire Barn were also affected. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- A fire during the early hours of Friday morning destroyed most of Smith’s Tire Barn, located on highway 79. The fire also spread to the storage units next to Smith’s Tire Barn. The call came in at 1:01am Friday morning and Paris Fire department responded to the scene and contacted Paris Landing for assistance as the building was fully involved.

Firefighters stayed on the scene until about 5:14am Friday morning and the fire continues to burn in some spots and the Paris Fire Department will monitor the area the rest of the day. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

 


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