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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson

 

For the Love of Bluebirds Program at TNWR Sat. at 1pm

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge and Visitors Center will host their Refuge Discovery Series “For the Love of Bluebirds” this Saturday March 5th at 1pm. The refuge invites you and your family to come learn about one of the most beloved birds in our back yards, the eastern bluebird. Naturalist Mitz Bailey will present a program about what you can do to help the bluebird and ways to attract them to your neighborhood.

All participants conclude the program by building a bluebird nest box to take home. The event is free and will be held at the Refuge Visitors Center, located at 1317 Wildlife Drive in Springville.

Photo Showcase Opens at Lee Academy Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The 24th Annual Paris Henry County Arts Council Photo Showcase will open at 2pm Sunday March 6th with an Awards Presentation and Public Reception at Lee Academy for the Arts. Dr. and Mrs. Kimberlin are partners with the Arts Council on the Photo Showcase. Cash prizes will be awarded for best photo in the following categories: Nature & Scenic, People & Events, Wildlife & Animals, Architectural, and Computer Composting/Complex Enhancement.

City Sets Municipal Elections For November

City Attorney Fred McLean goes over the resolution for setting the Municipal Election for Nov. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday’s Paris City Commission meeting, commissioners approved setting November 8th of this year as the day to hold its municipal election, which will line up with the Presidential Election.

The resolution states that three spots on the City Commission will be up for grabs come November. The seat currently held by Commissioner Jackie Jones will be up for a two year term, to fill the unexpired two year term of Robert Sleadd, who resigned from the City Commission in March of 2015. Two other seats, currently held by Gayle Griffith and Terry Fuller are also up come November’s Election. These two seats will be for four year terms.

City Attorney Fred McLean said that this is a little different because of the two year unexpired term that belonged to Sleadd, now occupied by Commissioner Jones. McLean said whoever runs will have to fill out a qualifying petition on which seat they are running for, the unexpired term or the normal four year term.

City Commission Hears About HC Fair and Fair Board

Deneicia Gregson gives commissioners a report on the Fair, Fair board, and other activities. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Deneicia Gregson of the Henry County Fair board gave a presentation to the City Commission on Thursday night, and discussed the Fair moving to September this year and away from the first week of August. She said we are really looking forward to moving it to September with hopefully cooler weather and more participation. She said the Fair Board is made up of 15 members and the Fair has 20 acres of property. The grounds are used for weddings, family reunions, and much more, using facilities over 250 days per year.

Gregson said the Fair has came a long way and was named best of the best in 2012. She also talked about the strong youth participation including the Clifty Farm Country Ham project which raised over $25K last year. Several volunteers help with Fair and getting ready for it all year round. Gregson said the city’s donation goes toward paying premiums among other things.

Retail Sales for Dec. Shows Over 5% Increase for City of Paris

Paris, Tenn.- Financial Director Traci Pillow reported to the City Commission at the meeting Thursday night that retail sales for the month of December showed a 5.48% increase compared to December of last year. Calendar year to date, the city is still showing an increase of 4.32%. Pillow said this is two consecutive years that retail sales have had an over 4% increase for the calendar year. Pillow credited the Shop Local program with playing a significant role in the results.

General Fund revenues exceeded expenditures by over $149K for January. Revenues also now exceed expenditures for the fiscal year to date. Solid Waste revenues were also ahead of expenses for the month of January by almost $107K.

City Commission Handles Housekeeping Business

Paris, Tenn.- In action on Thursday night the City Commission approved a certificate of compliance for Walmart. The Tennessee Legislature recently adopted legislation to allow wine sales in grocery stores and Walmart ask the City of Paris to approve the certificate of compliance to allow them to sell the wine when the time comes. Proper background investigation was complete.

Commissioners approved a resolution allowing the City to apply for a LPRF Grant to help with the replacement of the dehumidification system for the Paris Civic Center Pool. The grant is for $525K with the matching portion for the city being 50% of up to $500K. The estimated expense to the city will be $275K if the grant comes thru. A public input meeting concerning the grant will be held on Monday April 4th at 5:30pm.

Commissioners approved a resolution for a Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILOT agreement was approved for Eurotranciatura, USA, LLC., for 10 years providing Euro creates a minimum of 50 full time jobs during the first five years and maintains those 50 jobs during the balance of the lease.

The commission also authorized the BPU to apply for the city’s Community Development Block Grant for funding opportunities for upcoming projects like the Water Treatment Plant. The grant is for $525K and the BPU will match with $375K. Assistant General Manager of BPU Terry Wimberley said several dollars would go towards the Wastewater Treatment  Plant.

Foster Updates Commission on Various Projects

Paris, Tenn.- City Manager Kim Foster updated commissioners on several projects going in with the City of Paris. Artist Brenda Kitchens has been contracted to work on the first phase of the Back Alley Paris Project with the Hessing wall.

City Hall renovations are around 90-95% complete with landscaping, flooring in the Police Department, and miscellaneous punch list items all that is left to be done.

The contract with TDOT has been signed in regards to the signalization at Jim Adams and Volunteer Drive. TLM and Associates will manage the project and it should start as soon as things are finalized. Completion should be in Spring of 2017.

Foster said she was pleased with the turnout for Preserve Paris last week with the public support. Two neighborhoods have either resurrected their association or created one since then. A follow up meeting on focus groups will be held on Tuesday March 8th.

Traffic Stop Leads to Chase, Drug Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- A press release from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that the Metro Crime Unit charged two Paris men with drug charges after initiating a traffic stop on Wednesday.

MCU Officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Cooper St. and during the stop, officers identified the driver as Steven Russell and the passenger as LaQuan McFerren. While issuing citations, officers detected the smell of marijuana and K9 Droid was called to the scene to assist. Droid did alert on the vehicle and a search was conducted with officers locating a back pack with digital scales and a container with marijuana residue inside it under McFerren’s seat. McFerren was placed under arrest for drug paraphernalia and his bond was set for $1500.

A set of digital scales and Xanex pills were located that belong to Russell. As officers attempted to place him under arrest, Russell jerked away and took off running from officers. During the chase, Russell did drop a large bag of “crack” cocaine that was recovered. Russell was finally apprehended after a foot pursuit and transported to the Henry County Jail.

During booking procedures Russell was found to be in possession of another large bag of cocaine that he had hid in genital area. After narcotics were recovered, Russell attempted to “bribe” Correction Officers into disposing of the narcotics he was concealing. Corrections Officers charged Russell with introduction of contraband into a penal institution and bribery.

MCU Officers charged Russell with resisting arrest, evading arrest, tampering with evidence, possession of schedule IV, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of schedule II with intent to sell manufacture or deliver. Over $4K in cash believed to be from drug proceeds were seized from Russell’s person. Russell was placed on $125K bond.

Along with the MCU Officers from the Paris Police Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and Puryear PD assisted.

HCSS Celebrates National School Breakfast Week March 7-11

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Schools will recognize March 7-11 as National School Breakfast Week and encourages more families to take advantages of all the healthy choices available at their school’s breakfast.

The HCSS understands that busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast, but the USDA now shows more and more students are starting their day with a healthy breakfast from their school’s cafeteria.

The National School Breakfast Week theme is “Wake Up to School Breakfast” and it reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to wake up their bodies and minds during NSBW with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events and more.

Nutrition Supervisor for the HCSS Karen Wilson said, “a healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can. National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.” The HCSS serves over 1500 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Henry County prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards. All students in the Henry County School System have a complimentary breakfast available each morning, meaning no students have to pay for breakfast.

Litter Program To Host Clothing Recycling Mon. March 7

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Litter Program will host a clothing recycling project on Monday March 7th. Drop off clean clothes in plastic bags at the Henry County Highway Department from 10am to 3pm. If you are unable to drop off clothes, they will be picked up for you, call the Highway Department at 642-3162 to schedule a pick up. The event is sponsored by TDOT.

Ladies of Lee Univ. To Have Concert at FUMC

Paris, Tenn.- The Ladies of Lee will be in the Sanctuary of The First United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 6th at 6:00pm. The Ladies of Lee is comprised of 53 women from across the Lee University undergraduate class including Brittany Martin, a 2014 graduate from HCHS. The ensemble has performed in churches and schools throughout Tennessee and the Southeast and other locations across the U.S. and abroad.

The concert will feature an assortment of a Capella and accompanied sacred literature, including standard choral repertoire, traditional hymns, spirituals, gospel songs, and recent Christian music. There is no admission charge; a free-will offering will be taken to benefit the choir.

Darkhorse Lodge Fundraiser Set for Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- The Darkhorse Lodge, a non-profit combat veterans retreat in Henry County, will be hosting a fundraiser March 5th 11:00am – 3:00pm at the First Methodist Church. A $5.00 lunch includes a hamburger or hot dog, chips, drink, and cookie. Vince Dodd will provide entertainment along with there being a bake sale, silent auction, and you can register to win door prizes.

The Darkhorse Lodge will become a place of refuge and retreat for combat veterans of all branches to come at no cost. Each room will be named after one of the 25 men lost from the Marine Corps, Darkhorse unit.

Bloodmobile at FUMC Thurs. Noon-6pm

Paris, Tenn.- Lifeline Bloodmobile will be at the First United Methodist Church on Thursday March 3rd from Noon until 6pm. There is a current special need for O negative, A negative, and B negative donors. Register to win a Clifty Farms Country Ham for Easter when you give blood. Be sure and bring photo ID when giving blood as well.

Reminder: Horseshoes for Hope Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- Remember that Horseshoes for Hope will be held Thursday, March 3rd, 10:30 – 2:00 and 4:00 – 7:00 at the Christian Life Center at the First United Methodist Church in Paris. This dinner will raise funds for the Hoof Beats of Hope and R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Local Man Arrested On Drug, Meth Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated units were dispatched to Grove Street on report of a suspicious vehicle parked beside a local resident’s backyard garage. Paris Patrolmen Jamie James, Tyrail Jackson and David Beauvais approached and found a man later to be identified as James Wesley Wood, age 29 of 1450 N Market Street asleep in the vehicle with a marijuana pipe visible in his hand.

After getting Wood out the vehicle a .22 caliber handgun was discovered, Wood being detained at that time had a camouflage bag in the passenger floor board that contained two jars with approximately 80 grams of marijuana, four glass pipes, and a cough drop bag containing pseudoephedrine pills commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Upon further search of the vehicle a gas mask with a marijuana bong attached to it, a set of digital scales, and a Justin boot bag containing pseudoephedrine pills, two bottles of drain cleaner, and four boxes of cold compresses were found. All items in the boot bag are commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Wood did state that someone was working on the vehicle and he didn’t know what was in it. When Wood was asked what type of boots he was wearing, he proclaimed that they were Justin boots. Upon the physical search of Wood, $450 in cash and a small metal container which held a multitude of different types of pills were found.

The 1987 blue Ford Bronco was seized. Woods was transported and booked into the jail. Charges filed include possession of schedule II, IV, and VI drug with intent to manufacture, deliver and/or sell promotion of meth, drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony. A total of $470 in cash ended up being seized as possible drug proceeds. Wood’s bond is set at $20,000.

Preserve Paris Input Meeting #2 Set for March 8th

Paris, Tenn.- Due to the overwhelming interest and attendance at the Preserve Paris forum last week, another meeting has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at the City of Paris City Hall. This meeting is open to everyone interested in the revitalization and stabilization of neighborhoods throughout the City of Paris.

The purpose of this follow up meeting is to determine areas of focus and allow individuals to decide which focus area interests them the most or where they think they can provide the most expertise. We also want to insure that we have enough people to facilitate this effort. The areas of focus will be:

 1. Historic Preservation/Signage

 2. Clean-up/Beautification

 3. Association Representation/Infrastructure

We will also be discussing the roll out of a community survey. This survey will aid us in determining the wants and needs of our neighborhoods, as well as help us determine our initial target neighborhoods.  If you are unable to attend Tuesday night’s meeting but would still like to be involved, email the City at mstancook@cityofparistn.gov and ask to be added to our email list.  We will also post updates on our website and Facebook page.

Gobble and Give Fundraiser To Be Held March 12th

Paris, Tenn.- A fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital will be held Saturday March 12th from 9am to 4pm at Central School located at 55 Jones Bend Road.

The event, Gobble and Give, will include Cajun Deep Fried Turkeys for $65 or deep fried Turkey Sandwich lunches for $10. The lunch includes chips and drink. The whole Cajun Deep Fried Turkeys must be preordered by and paid for by March 7th.

There will also be a bake sale and silent auction along with fun activities for the kids. To order your turkey and for more information call Jennifer Hayes at 731-336-6665.

41% Voter Turnout for March Primary in HC

HC Administrator of Elections DeLaina Green posts Early Voting results Tues. Night. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A total of 7059 Henry Countians showed up to vote in the March 1st Primary, a number that is up considerably from the 2012 Presidential Primary held.

4,119 votes were cast on Tuesday, Election Day, while 2,904 votes were cast via Absentee or Early Voting. The total Voter Turnout in this Primary was 41.14% a mammoth jump from the 11% that showed up to vote in 2012’s Primary.

In local races, Richie Chilcutt garnered 3008 votes in the Road Supervisor Republican Primary. That equates to over 60% of the votes. Steve Kuykendall finished with just under 39% of the vote with1938. Chilcutt will now face Independent Candidate Brian Solowey in August’s General Election.

Catherine Herrera ran on the Republican ticket for Assessor of Property and received 99% of the vote with3021. Incumbent Charles Van Dyck ran on the Democratic ticket and received 1170 votes or 99%. The two will face of again in August on the County General Ballot.

In Presidential Primary on the Republicanside, Donald Trump overwhelmingly won Henry County with 2672 votes or almost 49%. Ted Cruz finished 2nd with 1222 votes or 22.3%. Marco Rubio had 751 votes or 13.74%, Dr. Ben Carson had 370 votes and John Kasich had 258.

On the Democratic Primary Hillary Clinton easily took Henry County with 957 votes compared to Bernie Sanders’s 434 votes. Clinton grabbed 65.8% of the vote. Votes by Precinct are posted on our website.

Election Results Precinct Totals

Puryear- total votes 655

(R)Trump- 256  Cruz- 108  Rubio- 74  Carson- 42  Kasich- 20

(D)Clinton- 78  Sanders- 42

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 248  Steve Kuykendall- 219

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 271 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 97

Cottage Grove- total votes 521

(R)Trump- 198  Cruz- 99  Rubio- 56  Carson- 29  Kasich- 18

(D)Clinton- 52  Sanders- 30

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 227  Steve Kuykendall- 173

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 233 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 74

Buchanan- total votes 289

(R)Trump- 119 Cruz- 50  Rubio- 28  Carson- 21  Kasich- 14

(D)Clinton- 28  Sanders- 14

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 131  Steve Kuykendall- 80

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 124 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 33

Henry- total votes 626

(R)Trump- 260  Cruz- 138  Rubio- 51  Carson- 31  Kasich- 20

(D)Clinton- 69  Sanders- 23

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 237  Steve Kuykendall- 222

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 300 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 82

Mansfield- total votes 384

(R)Trump- 137  Cruz- 69  Rubio- 36  Carson- 21  Kasich- 12

(D)Clinton- 52  Sanders- 27

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 162  Steve Kuykendall- 108

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 167 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 72

Oakland- total votes 393

(R)Trump- 166  Cruz- 82  Rubio- 23  Carson- 22  Kasich- 14

(D)Clinton- 30  Sanders- 38

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 162  Steve Kuykendall- 114

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 159 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 63

Russwood- total votes 722

(R)Trump- 346  Cruz- 115  Rubio- 60  Carson- 31  Kasich- 15

(D)Clinton- 80  Sanders- 49

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 298  Steve Kuykendall- 194

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 327 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 109

Springvile- total votes 206

(R)Trump- 100  Cruz- 34  Rubio- 24  Carson- 6  Kasich- 6

(D)Clinton- 23  Sanders- 6

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 82  Steve Kuykendall- 65

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 96 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 23

Jones Chapel Church- total votes 912

(R)Trump- 323  Cruz- 194  Rubio- 136  Carson- 66  Kasich- 34

(D)Clinton- 79  Sanders- 41

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 496  Steve Kuykendall- 200

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 423 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 100

Grove- total votes 387

(R)Trump- 112  Cruz- 40  Rubio- 32  Carson- 12  Kasich- 17

(D)Clinton- 126  Sanders- 32

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 113  Steve Kuykendall- 91

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 136 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 123

City Hall- total votes 420

(R)Trump- 138  Cruz- 25  Rubio- 74  Carson- 10  Kasich- 12

(D)Clinton- 128  Sanders- 30

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 111  Steve Kuykendall- 112

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 124 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 119

HCHS- total votes 804

(R)Trump- 272  Cruz- 129  Rubio- 121  Carson- 40  Kasich- 40

(D)Clinton- 91  Sanders- 46

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 412  Steve Kuykendall- 193

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 361 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 125

TN Tech Center- total votes 740

(R)Trump- 245  Cruz- 110  Rubio- 85  Carson- 39  Kasich- 36

(D)Clinton- 121  Sanders- 56

Road Supervisor

Richie Chilcutt- 329  Steve Kuykendall- 167

Property Assessor

(R)Catherine Herrera- 300 (D)Charles Van Dyck- 150

Henry County Results 2016 Election

7059 Total Number of Votes in Henry County

These are the FINAL number results. A complete breakdown of Precincts will be posted shortly.

ROAD SUPERVISOR

RICHIE CHILCUTT (REP) – 3,008

STEVE KUYKENDALL(REP) –1,938

PROPERTY ASSESSOR

CATHERINE HERRERA(REP) – 3,021

CHARLES VAN DYKE (DEM) – 1,170

PRESIDENTIAL

REPUBLICAN PARTY                                                              

DONALD TRUMP – 2,672                                                                                        

TED CRUZ –    1222                                                                  

MARCO RUBIO – 751

BEN CARSON- 370                                                                   

JOHN R. KASICH –258

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

HILIARY CLINTON -957

BERNIE SANDERS - 434

2016 Early Voting and Absentee Election Results

ROAD SUPERVISOR

RICHIE CHILCUTT – 1231

STEVE KUYKENDALL – 854

PROPERTY ASSESSOR

CATHERINE HERRERA (REP) – 1165

CHARLES VAN DYKE (DEM) - 520

PRESIDENTIAL

Republican Party                                 Democratic Party

DONALD TRUMP - 1152                    HILLIARY CLINTON - 415

TED CRUZ – 420                                  BERNIE SANDERS - 180

MARCO RUBIO - 324                                                                                

JOHN R. KASICH -119

BEN CARSON -     102

 

HCYBA Extends Signups Thru Sat. March 5th

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Youth Baseball Association has extended its youth baseball signups thru this Saturday March 5th. HCYB is open to anyone ages 4-16. Sign up on the website www.hcybaseball.siplay.com or stop by Lakeway IGA and sign up by this Saturday.

Vanishing Appalachia On Display at UTM Museum

Martin, Tenn.- The newest exhibit at the University of Tennessee at Martin’s J. Houston Gordon Museum provides a glimpse into the lives and culture of Appalachia during the past 50 years.

The exhibit, “Vanishing Appalachia,” is on display now through April 15. Photographer Don Dudenbostel and field researcher Tom Jester documented many places, practices and personalities of the mountains, including moonshining, Mennonite communities, religious traditions, tourist courts and other typical mountain scenes. The photographs are accompanied by captions and field recordings.

The J. Houston Gordon Museum is located inside the Paul Meek Library to the left of the main lobby. The museum is open to the public from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekdays. There is no admission charge.

For more information, contact the museum at 731-881-7094 or by email at speccoll@utm.edu.

TN House of Rep. Recognizes Bethel U.

The Honorable Andy Holt, Tennessee State Representative (center) congratulates representatives of Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies for its recent online accomplishments. Pictured with Holt are (l to r) Jake McNichols, Director of Operations, Kelly Sanders-Kelley, Vice President for the College of Professional Studies, Lisa Vaughn, Executive Director for the College of Professional Studies and Dr. Walter Butler, Bethel University President.

McKenzie, Tenn.- On Friday, Feb. 26, Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt presented two proclamations generated by the Tennessee House of Representatives recognizing Bethel University for its recent accomplishments in online education.

According to the proclamations, the House of Representatives honored Bethel University as an “extraordinary institution of higher education that promotes education in a manner that has garnered universal acclaim” and “that has promoted learning through numerous platforms.”

The proclamations were in specific congratulations to two outstanding rankings. First, Bethel University was recently ranked second in the nation in the BestColleges.com list of Best Online Christian Liberal Arts Colleges for 2015. Second, Bethel University was also recently named the top accredited online school in Tennessee for the 2015-2016 school year by Accredited Schools Online (accreditedschoolsonline.org).

"It’s very meaningful to us to have the Tennessee House of Representatives recognize our online programs through these proclamations,” Bethel President Dr. Walter Butler said. “They are out in the communities. They hear the needs of their constituents, and to me, these proclamations say that Bethel University is doing its part to meet the educational needs of these constituents.”

Over 55,000 Tennessee college students are currently taking at least one online course, according to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group.

John Ryan Scholarship Established for MSU Nursing Students

Murray, Ky.- The John Ryan Nursing Scholarship has been created to help Murray State University students acquire an education in nursing. Developed by Dan Ryan, the namesake’s younger brother and 1981 Murray State physics graduate, the scholarship will require $25,000 for endowment.

Dan wanted to honor his brother, whose life was taken by cancer in 2015, in a way that would have long-lasting impact. “A scholarship will help many students in the future fulfill their dream to complete their degree in nursing, and it will provide a living legacy for John,” he said.

The scholarship will be available to full-time junior or senior students at Murray State who have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have been admitted to the nursing program. The School of Nursing Scholarship Committee will choose the recipients, and preference will be given to male students, who are underrepresented in the nursing field. 

A nursing graduate himself, John Ryan received his bachelor’s degree from Murray State in 1974. The Lincoln, Ill. native was active in the Sigma Nu fraternity and he met his wife, Martha Vargocko Ryan, on campus. The couple enjoyed 40 years of marriage together, during which they had two children and seven grandchildren. 

John served his country in the United States Army Reserves for twenty-one years and was part of the 933rd Forward Surgical Team. He retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority after an extensive career as a nurse practitioner. 

Those who knew John remember his kind nature. “I worked side by side with him while serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. John was an extremely caring and hard-working nurse,” said Marcie Hobbs, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Murray State. “It was very unusual that John would say anything negative about anyone — he always saw the positive.”

John’s friend and fellow Murray State classmate Pat Halicks was in the same Army unit as John, and they were deployed together to Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War. She considered John a brotherly figure, and she was happy to pay tribute to him through a scholarship donation.

Dan appreciates the imprint his brother left on people. “John’s work in the nursing world impacted so many others, and I value the contribution he and his comrades have made through their work serving others, a key aspect of the nursing profession. As one of his two living siblings, I am honored to be a small part of this effort and look forward to meeting future scholarship recipients after we have begun the process of awarding scholarships,” he said.

He added that he understands how hard it can be to accomplish a life goal such as obtaining a degree. He paid for his own education and, along with his wife, put two sons through college. “I see this scholarship as a vehicle to help others, many who are less fortunate, achieve their own goals in the nursing profession,” he said. 

Once the endowment amount is reached, the money will be put into the MSU investment pool for one year. The accrued interest will be used to award the first scholarship. Students who meet the requirements will be able to apply via the University’s online scholarship application process.

To donate, checks can be made out to the MSU Foundation (please write “John Ryan Nursing School” in the memo line) and mailed to MSU Foundation c/o 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, KY 42071. Online gifts can be made at murraystate.edu/giving. For more information, contact Jennie Rottinghaus in the Office of Development by calling 877-282-0033 or 270-809-3406, or by emailing jrottinghaus@murraystate.edu.

Polls Open 7a-7p Tuesday For Primary

Paris, Tenn.- Polls are open across Henry County on Tuesday from 7am to 7pm as citizens will be voting in the Presidential Primary and also in a couple of local elections.

Early Voting numbers in Henry County and across the state were good as several people have already cast their ballot as the 2016 Presidential Race continues to wage on.

Locally, registered voters will vote for either Richie Chilcutt, or Steve Kuykendall for County Road Supervisor. The winner will face Brian Solowey in August as Solowey ran as an independent and didn’t have to be on the primary ballot.

The other local race is Property Tax Assessor, with incumbent Charles Van Dyck on the Democratic ticket, and Catherine Herrera on the Republican Ticket. The two will face each other again on August’s General Election ballot.

WMUF/WLZK will have complete Election Coverage via our website and Facebook page beginning after 7pm Tuesday night after polls close and Early Voting totals are released. Follow us at wmufradio.com and via the WMUF/WLZK Facebook page after 7pm Tuesday for results and be sure to get out and vote.

Runway For a Cure Set for March 11

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Relay For Life’s 5th Annual Runway for a Cure is set for Friday March 11th at the Krider Performing Arts Center. There will be a Silent Auction beginning at 6pm and the Fashion Show starts at 7pm.

Runway for A Cure features the area’s trendiest boutiques and celebrates cancer survivors as Honorary Co-Chairs. In addition to celebrating Fashion, information related to the mission, research, and programs of the American Cancer Society will be featured.

Tickets are $10 and are available at all participating boutiques: Boutique Marimac, Queens, Maggie’s and Southern Roots in Paris, Sunshine Boutique and Ruffles and Rednecks in Camden, and The Whispering Tree in Murray.

Registration Deadline for April ACT Is Friday

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Juniors and Seniors should know the next date for ACT testing is April 9th. The registration deadline is Friday March 5th. Students should contact the Counseling Office for more information.

Smoke Continues at LBL; Fire Contained

Golden Pond, Ky.- Smoke will continue to be seen from the wildfire that started early afternoon on Sunday, February 28, at Land Between The Lakes. The 911 call came in around 3pm directing emergency personnel to the forested area off Forest Service Road 120 in Lyon County, Kentucky.

The U.S. Forest Service dispatched two fire engines along with available firefighters. Eddyville and Kuttawa firefighters also responded to the call. Working together, firefighters built a fire break which contained the wildfire to 43.8 acres using natural features and hand tools. The fire is currently 28.8 acres in size, with the interior showing minimal activity. The larger containment area allowed us to minimize impacts to cultural and natural resources. Wetting rain is expected to move into the area tonight and through tomorrow.

“We expect smoke to continue throughout Monday night due to interior pockets burning,” stated Todd Lerke, Land Between The Lakes’ Fire Specialist. “The fire has remained within the established fire perimeter, and we anticipate it to stay within the 43.8 acres,” explained Lerke. We will continue to monitor the fire until it is completely out.” The Forest Service expects the fire to extinguish itself in the next couple of days as rain moves into the area.

Paris's Emily Hunt Wins Bethel's Hendrix Scholarship

Emily Hunt

McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University has selected Emily Hunt of Paris as the 2016 Hendrix Scholarship winner. Megan Stevens of Stantonville is the runner-up.

Bethel University’s most prestigious scholarship, the Hendrix Scholarship Competition, is a premier program established in 1988 by Mr. Willard R. Hendrix of Nashville, Tenn. The competition is for traditional undergraduate prospective students.

As the winner of the competition, Hunt has earned a full tuition, room and board scholarship to Bethel University for four years. Stevens, the runner-up, has earned a full tuition scholarship to Bethel for four years.

Hunt is the daughter of D.J. Hunt and Mary Smith. She attends Henry County High School. A member of Paris First United Methodist Church, Hunt plans to major in psychology.

Stevens is the daughter of Jess Stevens and Anita Stevens. She attended McNairy Central High School, and her intended major at Bethel will be business. A member of 4th Street Church of Christ, Stevens is also interested in Bethel’s Renaissance Performing Arts Program.

Established in 1842, Bethel University is one of the state’s oldest universities. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.

Megan Stevens

HC Carl Perkins Center Members Attend Blue Suede Dinner

Jackson, Tenn.- Members of the Henry County Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse attened the 22nd Annual Blue Suede Dinner and Auction to benefite the Exchage Club in Jackson. Pictured at Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, HC CPC Board Member, Chelsea Dougherty, Americorps employee working out of HC CPC, and, 911 Director Mark Archer, HC CPC Board Member. (Photo Courtesy of Carly Wheat, HC CPC Director)

Thefts Reported In County

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a man was arrested by Ptl. Jeff Smith of the Paris Police Department after attempting to steal a basketball goal from a home on Shiloh Church Road.

The report stated Dep. David Andrews responded to the home, where the victim said a black male, with a black hoodie on had stolen his kid’s basketball goal off his property and placed it into the back of a pickup truck and drove off. The victim chased down the truck and got the goal back. When asked why he took it, the man said he thought it was just junk.

The victim gave dispatch a description of the truck and Ptl. Jeff Smith of the PPD later spotted the truck and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, Antwan D. Easley, age 27, of Washington Ct. did admit to being on the property and taking the basketball goal, once again saying he thought it was junk. Easley was charged with criminal trespass, theft of property under $500, and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a home on Browning Road was broken into over the weekend with two flat screen TVs, a PS4 game system and two controllers, three video games, a dryer, a refrigerator, and stove all stolen. The value of the items stolen is over $1K and police continue to investigate.

Teens Arrested On Burglary Charges

Como, Tenn.- In a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office, a 2006 grey Nissan was pulled over on Hwy 54 W near Como that was suspected in a theft. When pulled over, the items suspected stolen were visible in the backseat of the vehicle.

Trestan G Carter age 18 of Huron, Tn. and Caylee R Hall age 18 of Camden, Tn. were in the vehicle. Carter was charged with aggravated burglary; theft under $500; and resisting arrest. Hall was arrested with aggravated burglary; and theft under $500. Both of which were set with a $50,000 bond.

DUI Arrest By Local Deputy

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office, while on regular patrol, Deputy David Andrews checked the Britton Ford boat ramp on Old Britton Ford Road, upon checking the ramp Andrews observed a parked vehicle with its lights off, when pulling up to the vehicle it had turned its lights on and began to take off.

Where the vehicle had pulled off from were obvious beer bottles scattered about on the ground. After a traffic stop was conducted a Linda S Hendrix age 50 of Springville, Tn. failed a field sobriety test and was arrested with DUI 1st offense; and driving on suspended. Hendrix was placed on a $1,500 bond.

Time Of The Year For Horseshoes For Hope

Paris, Tenn.- Horseshoes are back. Adventurous eaters will want to try the new open-faced horseshoe sandwich, along with a dessert and drink at the Horseshoes for Hope on Thursday, March 3rd, 10:30 – 2:00 and 4:00 – 7:00. At the Christian Life Center at the First United Methodist Church in Paris. This dinner will raise funds for the Hoof Beats of Hope and R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center.

Free Tree Giveaway In City Of Paris

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Soil Conservation District will be giving away trees on Arbor Day, Friday, March 4th at the USDA Service Center located at 408 North Market Street in Paris. Pine Oak, Crab Apple, Persimmon and Virginia Pine will be given away at 9:00am and will continue while supplies last.

Industrial Development Board To Hold Special Meeting

Paris, Tenn.- Notice of a special meeting in Paris, The Industrial Development Board of the City of Paris, Tennessee, will meet Monday, March 7, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. in the City Hall Courtroom.  The amended agenda item to be discussed is the consideration of a motion to approve a Payment in-lieu-of Tax agreement with Dana Sealing Products LLC.  The public is invited to attend.

Severe Weather Awareness Week Announced

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Emergency Management wishes to announce the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service have declared February 28th - March 5th, 2016, “Severe Weather Awareness Week”.

Henry County will be participating in several events throughout the week and month relating to severe weather preparedness. The National Weather Service will be highlighting weather hazards each day throughout the week.

Patriot Peddler Schoolwide Yard Sale Huge Success

Paris, Tenn.- The Patriot Peddlers Schoolwide Yard Sale, a fundraiser for different programs within the school, has been going strong for 3 years. Within the yard sale, it had everything from jewelry to yearbooks, which proceeds went to the school.

Patriot Peddler Schoolwide Yard Sale in full swing Saturday afternoon (Barron Robinson photos)

Among the tables, a station for both the FBLA and the FCCLA were set up selling items raising money for their trips to state, which are April 10th – 13th for the Future Business Leaders of America and March 28th – 31st for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. Henry County High School hopes to have another great turnout next year at the next annual Patriot Peddler Schoolwide Yard Sale.

Schoolwide yard sale proceeds that went to school programs

Locals Arrested On DUI Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office a Carl G Montgomery age 63 of Paris, was picked up by Deputy Stacy Bostwick on E Wood Street with a DUI 1st offense.

In a separate incident the Henry County Sheriff’s office reported that a Lindsay R Evans age 37 of Paris, was pulled over by Deputy David Andrews on E Wood Street and taken into custody on DUI 2nd offense; and violation of traffic control device.

Murray Students Arrested On Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s office, Patrolman Derrek Colley of the Paris Police Department arrested a Kira V White age 21 of Killen, AL., on Hwy 641 S. a student at Murray State University, with simple possession of a Schedule VI drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested alongside White, a Coty K Barnes age 20 of St. Louis, MO., which is also a student at Murray State University, with possession of a Schedule VI drug; both of which were put on a $1,000 bond.

Lady Patriot's Season Comes To End In Region Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- Lady Patriot’s basketball comes to an end in the Region 5-AAA Tournament, with the Mt. Juliet Golden Bears coming away with a hard earned win of 50 – 45 in overtime. Henry County lady’s basketball ended with a highly successful season of 24 – 9; while Mt. Juliet improved to 18 – 9.

Lady Patriot Basketball ended with a great year with a loss to Mt. Juliet.(Barron Robinson photo)

Gracie Osbron led the Lady Pat’s with 15, Karly Dyer and Tavie Bell each had 16 for the Lady Golden Bear’s. Congratulations to the Lady Patriot’s on an outstanding season that we hope to see again next year.

Items Stolen From Employee Parking Lot At Local Business

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office, Deputy Chad Lowery responded to a call before midnight, Thursday at PML. A late model Nissan Murano was recorded on video pulling into the parking lot.

When the vehicle parked a white male, with a tight trimmed full beard, wearing a down jacket and a backwards flat bill cap exited the vehicle. It was observed on video that the male began checking for unlocked doors of parked cars until he found an unlocked Nissan Titan, and stole a Sirius satellite receiver.

Metro Crime Unit Arrest Local Man On Multiple Charges

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, The Metro Crime Unit arrested Gregory Kendall age 23, of Paris. Kendall was booked with Driving on Revoked; Felony simple possession of a Schedule VI drug; and Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. Kendall’s bond was set at $15k.

Andrews Road Closed For Construction Monday

Paris, Tenn.- On Monday, Andrews Road will be closed 2 tenths of a mile south of Vandyke Road for culvert replacement. Road will be open for afternoon traffic.

Existing Industries Create New Jobs In Henry County 2015

Paris, Tenn.- Existing industries in Henry County added 187 new jobs to Henry County’s economy during the period from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.  The number of jobs increased from 1,380 full-time company positions to 1,533 and full-time jobs hired through Temp Agencies increased from 272 to 300.

 “70% of the new jobs created in manufacturing come from local industry expansions,” according to David Hamilton, CEO Henry County Alliance.  Adding, “We are fortunate to have strong, growing industries in Henry County and working with 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 6.5%, a 1.3% decrease from the same period a year ago.  There are 13,760 people in Henry County’s labor force, 12,860 people are employed and 900 people remain unemployed.

 “We are working hard to create opportunities for the 900 people still unemployed in Henry County,” Hamilton stated.

Trustee's Office Open Sat.; Monday Last Day to Pay Taxes

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Trustee Randi Allen French wants to remind citizens that Monday February 29th is the last day to pay your 2015 Property Taxes without penalty. The Trustee’s Office will be open this Saturday February 27th from 8am until Noon to allow citizens to come in who might not have had the chance.

Citizens may also pay property taxes online at henrycountytrustee.com and there is a night deposit box on the outside of the Courthouse Annex Building at the Trustee’s Office. French also wanted to remind citizen’s that any unpaid 2014 taxes will be turned over to the Clerk and Master on March 23, 2016. For more information call the Trustee’s Office at 642-6633.

Darkhorse To Hold Start-up Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.- A Fundraiser for the Darkhorse Lodge, a non-profit combat veterans retreat in Henry County will be held on Saturday, March 5th 11am to 3pm at the First Methodist Church in Paris. Vince Dodd will provide entertainment, a $5 lunch; bake sale; silent auction and you can register to win door prizes.

Reminder: VITA Site Open to Help with Tax Preparations

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site, or VITA remains opens on Tuesdays thru February and March to help assistance citizens with taxes. Appointments can be made between the hours of 9am and 4:30pm by calling Carole Walsh at 642-4178, but no calls on Tuesdays. E-filing and Earned Income Credit can be done thru VITA’s tax preparers.

Be prepared to take along proof of identification, birth, W-2 forms, and all vital tax information.

 

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