From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Paul Jolley Lands in Top Ten on "American Idol"
Los Angeles, Calif.- Country singer Paul Jolley of Palmersville earned enough votes to land in the Top 10 finalists on Season 12 of ‘American Idol‘. Jolley is the grandson of the late Jewel Melton of Cottage Grove.
He apparently has captured the hearts of a large share of the public despite a couple of performances which were heavily critiqued by the judges.
Jolley sang Keith Urban‘s ‘Tonight I Wanna Cry‘ on Feb. 21, which the judges felt was just too theatrical.
On Wednesday night (March 6) Jolley sang the Christina Aguilera/Blake Shelton duet ‘Just a Fool,’ and the judges once again said he over-performed, but after the votes were tallied, Jolley became the first male contestant sent through to the Top 10 Thursday night (March 7).
No matter what happens in the rest of the competition, Jolley will also land a spot on the American Idols tour later this year.
Haney to Perform at Eubanks' Show
Huntingdon, Tenn.-Chuck Haney of Paris will play his saxophone in the lobby at the performance by Kevin Eubanks at The Dixie Saturday night. Haney is well known as a member of The Barons and will play before the Eubanks show.
Eubanks will perform at The Dixie at 7 p.m. Saturday night. He was the band director for the "Tonight Show" for several years.
SRO Budgeting Remains Undecided with City, PSSD
Holder discusses City's standpoint on PSSD Superintendant Mike Brown Addresses Comm.
funding SROs. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)
Paris, Tenn.- Discussion and debate dominated the first 40 minutes of Thursday night’s Paris City Commission meeting, most of it centering around budgeting for school resources officers for the Paris Special School district next school year.
Paris City Manager Carl Holder told commissioners himself, city police chief Chuck Elizondo, and PSSD superintendent Mike Brown have had discussions on SROs since the last city commission meeting and seem to agree on everything but the levels of funding from both parties. Holder said he presented Brown with a 50/50 split on cost for three School Resource Officers to begin the fall with in PSSD schools. The total cost for hiring three officers for the city to move three experienced officers to SRO positions would be an estimated $154K.
Mike Brown, PSSD superintendent spoke to the commission Thursday night saying funding is the only remaining issue to getting the deal worked out. He explained that the city came with the 50/50 proposal while he modeled cost out from what the Henry County School System and Sheriff’s Office do with SROs there.
Brown said he presented funding based on the PSSD needing these officers for a 180 day school calendar, whereas the city presented with a full work year schedule. Brown’s figures on funding was about 70% of half the project cost, which is in the neighbor of $54K. The 50/50 split that Holder came forth with is around $77K.
City Commissioners seem to be set on a 50/50 split reminding Brown that the city wouldn’t be hiring three additional officers was it not for SRO needs at the schools. Brown reiterated that the PSSD would only being needing them for about 9 months out of the year.
While both sides have express their intent to work the issues out, the funding discussion will likely be brought up at the PSSD board meeting later in March as this continues to progress.
Wilson Street Residents Seek Plan of Action for Drainage Problems
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Resident John Mann, of 416 N. Wilson Street, spoke on behalf on many residents in that area to the Paris Commission on Thursday night in regards to continuing drainage and safety issues. Mann had a letter and signatures from several residents who asked the commission for a plan of action from what they feel like is increased run-off and drainage problems caused by residential and commercial development in that area.
Mann presented commissioners with pictures of stagnant water backed up from drainage issues, and trees that have fallen due to soil erosion and the loss of real property. He said this has been an ongoing issue for years and residents are not wanting to be confrontational about the situation, but are requesting the city to began a plan of action to remedy some of the problems.
City Manager Carl Holder said the commission discussed this at their planning meeting in late January and an engineering firm has been to asses the situation and is in the process of putting together a preliminary plan to fix some of the problems. In addition, the are working on a plan to include alternatives to future development in that area.
Sales Tax Revenue Up Despite Less than Expected December Sales
City Finance director Kim Foster told commissioners Thursday night that December sales weren’t as good as they had expected from hearing how big crowds were during the Downtown Paris Associations' events before Christmas. Despite that however, end of the year sales tax revenue was up 2.84% and according to Foster was the greatest growth seen in the city of Paris in six years. She said expenses and revenue was pretty much in line.
Foster also reported the city has finally had some monies flowing in on catch-up payments from Bethel University as they have hired a new CFO recently that should be good for the city receiving its payments on time.
Commission Approves Resolutions for Water Metering upgrades
In other action on Thursday night the city approved a couple of resolutions dealing with request from the Board of Public Utilities on the final piece of obtaining competitive bids in the AMI meter reading project for the water department. General Manager of BPU John Etheridge said the city commission had already agreed last summer to allow BPU to put a rate increase into effect starting this coming July and seek out a capital outlay note on the project. Etheridge said they will now take competitive bids for the debt obligation and local banks will have the opportunity to buy.
City Manger Carl Holder also updated the commission on various projects including the continuing proposal for Henry County to be selected as the site for the 4-H camp at Hazelwood. Holder said March 18th should be the start of evaluation on proposals and several areas of West Tennessee have submitted proposals to the state to become the site. Holder said they did inform the group in charge of evaluation that $150K in pledges have been raised by individuals in Henry County to bring the camp to Hazelwood. A final decision on the home of the new camp is likely to come at the end of April.
Holder told commissioners only the elevator needed to be installed in the pedestrian bridge that connects the Henry County Medical Center and new Bethel portion and it should be done in the next couple of weeks. The traffic signalization project at Joy and Tyson has began but major work will not likely start until the first of April.
Foster, Pillow Recognized for Obtaining CMFO Status
City Manager Carl Holder presents Kim Foster and Traci Pillow
with recognition awards on their becoming a CMFO.
Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night's Paris City Commission meeting city manager Carl Holder formally recognized Finance Director Kim Foster and city business office employee Traci Pillow for recently becoming a Certified Municipal Finance Officer. The state now requires each municipality to have at least one person qualify for CMFO.
Spring Forward One Hour Saturday Night
Remember Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday morning so be sure to set your clocks up one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. It’s also a good idea to check the batteries in your smoke detectors during this as well.
HC Schools to Hold Developmental Screenings March 12-13
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System licensed preschools will be conducting developmental screenings on Tuesday March 12 and Wednesday March 13. For more information or to set up and appointment call your school, NW Tennessee Head Start at 642-4704, or the Henry County Board of education at 642-9551.
Benefit Yard Sale at Henry Civic Center Saturday
Henry, Tenn.- The Henry Fire Department and Mrs. Mary’s Angel Tree is having a benefit yard sale at the Henry Civic Center Saturday. There will be a yard sale, bake sale, cake walk, Teddy Bear Walk where kids win a toy stuffed animal and burgers and hot dogs for sale. All money raised helps the fire department and Mrs. Mary’s Angel Tree. Call 243-2499 for more information.
WG Rhea Library to Women's History Month Program on Sunday
Paris, Tenn.- The WG Rhea Public Library will have a program Sunday from 1:30-3:30 pm to help celebrate Women’s History Month. The program’s speakers will be Brendell Cowan, Cynthia Hopson, Susan Jones, Vicki Snyder, Twila Rose, Marecia Stephenson, and Veronica White.
The Night The King Came to Town
Elvis Appeared at City Auditorium 58 Years Ago Today
Elvis Presley with his band members Scotty Moore and Bill Black, as they appeared in 1955.
By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.-Before he became famous, a young man and his back-up band made an appearance at the Paris City Auditorium. He wore black pants, a hot pink shirt, silky short black jacket, black loafers and hot pink socks.
Now you know that had to make an impression.
Elvis Presley was building up his career, barnstorming from small town to small town when he appeared in Paris with Scotty Moore and Bill Black. An article in Paris! magazine published in Autumn of 2007 recounts the memories a couple of local women had of his appearance.
For Martha Reed, it was especially memorable, since she got a kiss on the cheek and an autographed photo of Elvis that night. Reed and a girlfriend, JoCarolyn Walsh, went outside during intermission and Elvis, Moore and Black were standing on the ramp at the side door.
Reed dropped her bracelet and as she put it back on, it fell again. She said, "If I drop that again, I'm going to scream". Elvis said to her, "Honey, if you drop that again, I'll scream with you." Reed told him to go ahead and he let out a scream.
For ten cents apiece, Elvis stayed behind to sign photos, she said. Reed said she also talked to Moore and Black and asked for their autographs, too.
Reed said when she asked Elvis for his autograph, he thanked her repeatedly and kissed her on the cheek. Reed remembers her played "That's All Right Mama" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky". She also remembers him as being very shy.
Another local woman who remembered his appearance was Linda Crutcher, who said she wasn't really that impressed with his singing. But when he became famous, she said, "Gee, what did I miss?"
Years ago, Carol Doster--who now owns City Auditorium along with her husband--painted the message "Elvis Has Left the Building" over the stage.
Ribbon Cut for Paris Pharmacy
Paris, Tenn.-A ribbon cutting for Paris Pharmacy at 1025B Mineral Wells Ave. was held Wednesday, with members of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce on hand to welcome the business. Owner Scott AuBuchon is in center with scissors. (Chamber photo).
Puryear Farmer Awarded $5000 for Local Charities
Puryear, Tenn.- Henry County's own Wallace Lassiter of Puryear has recently been selected as a winner in the "America's Farmers Grow Communities" sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
The program gives farmers the chance to win a $2500 donation to direct to their favorite local nonprofit organization. To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas due to recent drought by the USDA, winning farmers in communities like Henry County were able to direct double the donation, a total of $5,000 to further support the community.
Lassiter opted to donate two $2500 donations to Relay for Life and the Paris Henry County Healthcare Center's Caring Hearts Fund. There will be a formal check presentation ceremony on Friday at 5:30 pm during the Runway for a Cure event to be held at the Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.
A representative from Monsanto and Lassiter will present the donation to the organization.
Runway For Cure to be Held Friday Night
Paris, Tenn.- The Runway for a Cure Fashion Show and Silent Acution will be held beginning at 5:30pm on Friday at KPAC. They will have a silent auction and hors D'ourvres and then a Fashion Show at 7:15 pm. Tickets for the event are $15 and all money raised benefits the Henry County Relay for Life and can be purchased at the door.
Ravioli Dinner Today for Tomorrow's Hope
Paris, Tenn.-Tomorrow’s Hope Ravioli Dinner, Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held today at the Holy Cross Catholic Church on E. Wood Street, from 11:30-1 p.m. for lunch and dinner 5:30 to 7 pm. Take-Out available at Noon.
Meal includes: Ravioli with homemade sauce, salad, drink and dessert. $8.00 single Adult, $20.00 Family (Parents & Children). Call 642-0600.
Great Pretenders Show Set for March 22 and 23
Still seeking individuals and groups to perform
Paris, Tenn.- The Paris & Henry County Healthcare Foundation is still seeking individual or group performers and acts to be a part of the upcoming Great Pretenders 2013 Show. The show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 at the Krider Performing Arts Center.
The name for this year‘s show is “Legends Leaving a Legacy for Healthcare”.
The show is always a popular attraction locally and Organizer Tory Daughrity said money raised during the event will once again go for good causes.
“With your support and participation in Great Pretenders,“ she said. “we will be able to continue to support and fund opportunities like purchasing stroke equipment for patients who need intensive rehab, supporting four students with their education in the healthcare field, purchasing much needed healthcare equipment and training materials, providing over a $1 million in pharmacy assistance to patients, assisting hospice patients, and helping to improve the health of our community with free screenings and educational events and activities.”
She also said Rick Morgan and the crew from Morgan Entertainment will again be working with the Healthcare Foundation to put on another good event. To sign up or get more information, call Tory Daughrity at 644-8266.
McDonald's Burger Bash to Benefit Patrtiot Baseball on Thursday
Paris, Tenn.- McDonald’s of Paris will be holding a Burger Bash this Thursday from 5-7pm to help raise money for the Henry County High School Patriot Baseball team. 20% of sales during this two hour period on Thursday will go to help the Patriot Baseball team with the upcoming season.
Sheriff's Office Seeking Information on Dead Puppies
Reward Offered for Information
Sheriff Monte Belew, left, Chief Deputy Randy Gean and Capt. Damon Lowe look over the bin used to abandon puppies by the side of the road. (Deputy Adam Jenkins photo).
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff's Office recovered an abandoned plastic bin which contained three dead pit bull puppies on Briarpatch Lake Rd. Tuesday night and is offering a reward for information as to who placed the bin there.
Sheriff Monte Belew said the department received a call last night from a passerby who said there was a plastic bin with a quilt over it on the side of the road. "It looked suspicious, so we checked into it and found three dead puppies in it and we took them to the sheriff's office, where we've secured it and are in the process of checking it for fingerprints or other ways we can identify whose bin it belongs to."
Belew said there are signs that the dogs were alive when they were placed in the bin. "There are feces in the bin and smeared on the sides."
Belew said, "Some coward dropped those dogs off instead of getting them shelter or proper care and they let them freeze or starve to death. We don't believe the dogs were there that long. They're just weeks old."
The department is offering a reward for information, he said. "We don't know how much yet."
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 642-1672 or the confidential hotline at 642-0929.
Early Morning Fire Destroys Building at Henry Sawmill
By Cheryl Allen
Fire engulfed the destroyed building at Replogle's Sawmill early this morning. (Photo submitted by Tara Dickson).
Henry, Tenn.- An early morning fire at Replogle’s Sawmill in Henry destroyed one of the buildings and was deemed a total loss by Fire Chief Keith Qualls.
Qualls said he noticed the fire on his way to open his place of business in Henry around 5 am. The source of the fire is still unknown, according to Qualls.
Aftermath of the fire (Cheryl Allen photo).
Bethel Paris Campus Open House Held
Paris, Tenn.-With a cut of the ribbon, Kelly Sanders-Kelley, vice president of professional studies for Bethel University (in gray suit) officially opened the Bethel Paris campus Tuesday morning, surrounded by local dignitaries and members of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The Bethel campus, located on Tyson Ave., will be home to undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Course orientation will be held March 26 and classes will begin April 2. City Commissioner Gayle Griffith, right, came dressed for the occasion in a purple blazer and purple and gold tie, matching the Bethel colors. Griffith said he bought them at The Toggery in Paris "and after Charles Hopkins got me this blazer, he sold two more just like it". (Shannon McFarlin photo).
TBI Arrests Former Court Clerk
Jackson, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a former Henry County court clerk after she was indicted on charges related to missing funds from the clerk’s office while she was employed.
Deanna Gray Treece, 63, of Springville, Tenn. was indicted by the Henry County grand jury on one count of theft over $10,000 and one count of official misconduct on Monday (see story below). Treece was employed as a General Sessions clerk in the civil division when an audit conducted by the State Comptroller’s office discovered approximately $29,000 missing from the office between July 2007 and August 2011. The investigation revealed that Treece was holding checks sent in to open civil cases and then replacing money she took with the checks. She was able to manipulate the computer system to show the money to open the civil cases was still owed and there was no accounting for them.
Treece was booked into the Henry County Jail today on $10,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 11, 2013.
HCHS Speech Team To Hold Show Thursday at 7pm
The Henry County High School Speech Team is staging a showcase this Thursday night at 7pm in the Little Theatre to include five award-winning pieces and the one act comedy “Spy School.” The students will enter the play in district competition on Friday. The 30 member team has had a highly successful year and would like to share some of their talents with friends and supporters in the community. Admission for the evening is only $5 which will go to help with district tournament expenses.
HCHS Project Graduation to Hold Fundraiser Sunday Evening
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School Project Graduation will hold a fundraiser at Paris Wheels Skating Rink on highway 79 this Sunday March 10th from 6-9pm. Its open to all ages and advance tickets are $8 or $10 at the door Sunday evening. The price includes skate rental. See any HCHS senior or call 363-2189 for more information.
Kidd, Treece Are Among 30 Indicted by Grand Jury
Cheryl Kidd Deanna Treece Jonathan Treece
Paris, Tenn.-Meeting all day Monday, the Henry County Grand Jury indicted 30 individuals, including two from high-profile cases: Cheryl Kidd of rural Puryear, arrested for operating a puppy mill at her home and Deanna Treece, 236 Holiday Acres, Springville, a former employee of the Henry County General Sessions Court, arrested for allegedly stealing money from the court.
Kidd's case has drawn the ire of animal lovers throughout the county after Henry County Sheriff's Deputies found around 60 small-breed dogs and newborn puppies living in extremely unsanitary conditions with no shelter and little food at her home.
The grand jury indicted her on two charges: cruelty to animals and allowing dogs to run at large. The dogs were seized and remain at the sheriff's office animal shelter. There is a waiting list of people wanting to adopt the dogs, but the adoptions are on hold awaiting the outcome of the case.
Treece formerly was employed at the General Sessions Court, civil division and the grand jury indicted her for theft of property and official misconduct. The theft charge is for theft of cash amounting to more than $10,000 and less than $60,000.
--Damien Howard, Galloway, Tenn., aggravated sexual battery of a child less than 13 years of age.
--Jonathan Clayton Treece, 236 Holiday Acres, Springville, sexual exploitation of a minor. He was specifically charged with knowingly possessing over 100 images of minors.
--Anthony Trejo of Paris, aggravated assault in August of 2012, involving another inmate in the local jail.
--Felton Marr III, aggravated statutory rape in September of 2012.
--Jamie Lee McKinney, violation of the sex offender registry.
--Frank James Trojan, burglary of Higg's Restaurant in McKenzie in November of 2012.
--John Phillip Ramon, aggravated burglary of a home in November of 2012.
As usual, the bulk of the indictments involved drug and alcohol offenses.
Paris Pharamcy Ribbon Cutting set for Wednesday
Paris, Tenn.- Paris Pharmacy will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at 10am. Chamber president Jeff Seaton will speak as well as Paris Pharmacy owner Scott AuBuchon. AuBuchon has been a local pharmacist for over 20 years and had been pharmacy manager at Walgreen’s recently. The ribbon cutting will be held at 1025B Mineral Wells Avenue and everyone is invited.
Remembering Patsy Cline, Copas, Hawkins, Hughes
Camden, Tenn.-Today is the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the lives of Country Stars Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and manager Randy Hughes at Camden, Tenn.
The four crashed in a small plane piloted by Hughes while they were on their homes to Nashville from Kansas City. A memorial to the four is at the crash site in Camden. Rock Man Antiques and Museum also has a permanent display with Patsy Cline artifacts and mementoes from the crash. The museum is located at 8115 Hwy 641. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission $2.
Henry County 4-H Teams Up with Memphis Grizzlies
Deadline is March 15 to purchase tickets
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County 4-H members, friends and family have a chance to experience the excitement of NBA basketball with the Memphis Grizzlies. Henry County 4-H Night with the Memphis Grizzlies will be Friday, March 29th at the FedEx Forum, when the Grizzlies take on the Houston Rockets.
Discounted tickets are available for purchase in seating throughout the FedEx Forum. Seating from $11 to courtside at $125 is being offered for this game. Friday, March 15 is the deadline for purchasing tickets at the UT Extension office, 1120 Tyson Ave, Paris. Tickets are based on availability, so those wishing to purchase higher demand tickets should notify the Extension office as soon as possible. For more information, call Staci Foy at 642-2941 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Spring Dance Set at Central Building
Paris, Tenn.-A Spring Dance will be held at the Central Community Building from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 9, for grades 8-12. Admission is $3. The event is sponsored by Ladies With SWAG--Sisters WIth A Goal.
Beer Board to Meet Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Beer Board will meet at 7 p.m. March 7 at the county courthouse to consider an application for a beer license for Howel''s Grocery and Grill, 433 Buchanan Resort Rd.
Owner of the business is Clara Howell. The business has applied for both on and off premises consumption.
HCHS Speech Team to Perform
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County High School Speech Team will perform its district one act comedy along with contest-winning pieces from the past year at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the high school theater.
Admission is $5 at the door.
TBI State Academy Seeking Applicants for This Fall
Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is currently taking applications for the upcoming TBI State Academy for law enforcement to be held at the Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy in Bell Buckle. The TBI State Academy is a five day a week commitment for six weeks and will be held in September and October at no cost to applicants and includes meals and lodging.
The TBI State Academy was created as a professional and prestigious training ground for the Tennessee law enforcement officers who long for the opportunity to expand their education and training in the criminal justice field. A graduate of the TBI State Academy can earn nine undergraduate or six graduate semester hours toward a degree at Bethel University’s College of Criminal Justice. To learn more about the academy visit the TBI’s youtube channel.
Requirements for the TBI state academy are must have a minimum of five years experience as full-time commissioned officer of a Tennessee law enforcement agency, must be at least 25 years old, must have high school diploma or equivalency certificate, must be of excellent character and have a professional reputation, must agree to stay in law enforcement a minimum of three years after graduating from the State Academy, must be able to perform a limited amount of physical training, must pass background check, and must be nominated by the head of the law enforcement agency where currently employed.
To download an application visit the TBI website and for questions call 615-744-4374.
Henry County Soil Conservation District Selling Trees, Shrubs
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Soil Conservation District will have trees for sale at 408 North Market Street from Tuesday thru Friday of this week. They have a large variety of ornamental, shade, and fruit tree, shrubs, Knockout Roses, blueberries and grape vines. Sizes and prices will vary.
Friends of the Refuge to Host Discovery Series Event Tues.
Paris, Tenn.- The Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will host a Refuge Discovery Services Program dedicated to bluebirds on Tuesday at the Paris office at 6:30pm. Mitz Bailey will talk about the bluebird, their conservation needs and how you can help. Also those who come to the program will be able to build their own bluebird box and hear the best tips on how to place them in your yard.
As with all Refuge Discovery Series Programs, they are free and open to the public. There will be free door prizes of posters and wildlife guides to all participants. For more information call 642-2091.
Paris Bethel Campus Sets Open House Tuesday
Paris, Tenn.-Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies will welcome visitors to its newest satellite campus during an Open House and Information Session on Tuesday, March 5. The events will be held at 302B Tyson Avenue in Paris.
During the Open House, scheduled for 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., visitors will enjoy refreshments.
The Bethel University Information Session will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. In addition to refreshments, information will be available on Bethel’s accelerated bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, along with their Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. All attendees will receive a gift.
The events are free and open to the public.
Founded in 1842, Bethel University’s undergraduate and graduate programs are designed for busy adults, and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about Bethel University’s Open House and Information Session in Paris, call Catherine Foster at (731) 407-7178. To RSVP for either event, go to: bethelsuccess.net/openhouse.
Paris Police Look for Suspects in Fred's Pharmacy Break-in
Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department detailed a break-in that occurred early Monday morning at Fred’s Discount Pharmacy on Volunteer Drive. Officers Nick Oatsvall and Mitch Gallimore responded around 3am to an alarm at the store and checked on the doors and windows and found them secure.
A keyholder for the business arrived and told officers the seal on the side door was broken and a hammer pliers was found on the counter. Officers noticed the ductwork in the ceiling had been pryed open and checked the outside unit and found the ductwork torn away from there as well. It appears someone did enter the building thru the ductwork.
Management told police they would check cameras and see if anything was missing. Paris Police continue to investigate this incident.
Another report at the Paris Police department stated several vehicles were broken into over the weekend on North Market Street at the Park Village Apartments. In one vehicle over $1600 cash was stolen. Police have no suspects at this time.
Two Men Arrested on Drug Charges on Hwy 79
Buchanan, Tenn.- Cpl. Lance Perry of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men on drug charges after noticing them sitting in a truck parked on the side of highway 79N. Passenger Johnny W. Taylor, age 39, of 225 Dixie Village Lane, appeared very nervous as Cpl. Perry asked them how long they had been sitting in the vehicle. When Taylor exited the vehicle, 5 pills were left in the seat. A search of the vehicle also found 59 pills in an unlabeled bottle along with over $500 in cash on the driver, later identified as George E. Armstrong, age 66, of 870 Lakeview Drive in Springville.
Armstrong was charged with simple possession of schedule three with intent. His pickup and the cash were seized as drug proceeds. Taylor was charged with simple possession of schedule three.
Harrelson Pre-K Open Enrollment to be Held Monday, Thursday
Puryear, Tenn.- Northwest Tennessee Head State is accepting applications for enrollment of children for the 2013-14 program year for the Harrelson Pre-K Head Start Center Monday and Thursday of this week.
If your child will be 4 years old by August 31st, 2013 and you are interested in the Head Start Program, you can complete an application during these times. Monday from 8:45am-4:00pm and/or Thursday from 8:45-6:00pm at Harrelson School, located at 143 Puryear Country Club Road in Puryear.
Be sure and bring the following items with you to open enrollment: proof of child’s age, social security card for the enrolling child and all family members, name address, and phone number for at least three emergency contacts, insurance card, and proof on income. For more information on Harrelson Pre-K Open Enrollment call 247-3152 or 247-3182.
21st Annual Photo Showcase Begins
The library was busy Saturday, with photographers taking their entries in for the showcase. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
Paris, Tenn.-The 21st annual Paris-Henry County Arts Council Photo Showcase was kicked off Sunday with a reception and announcement of the winners. The showcase will be on display at the W.G. Rhea Library until April 4 and is free to the public.
Joy Stubblefield of the Arts Council said there were 174 entries this year, representing 68 photographers. Of those, there were 57 adult photographers and 11 youth.
Here is the complete list of winners:
Best of Show: Beverly Hicks “Farmyard Façade”
1st Place: Robin Waddey “Kid Companion”
2nd Place: Amy Bourne “Waiting for Bo”
Honorable Mention: Mary Lodge “Wisdom”
1st Place: Jonathon Briley “Early to Rise”
2nd Place: Mary Lodge “Enchanted Garden”
Honorable Mention: Debbie McDorman “A Winter ‘Wow’ Moment”
1st Place: Melodie Cunningham “Itch”
2nd Place: Robin Waddey “Lap It Up”
Honorable Mention: Pam Chmelik “Bull Headed”
1st Place: Jonathon Briley “Babel”
2nd Place: Susan Corbin “Faded Memories”
Honorable Mention: Rachel O’Neal “Arched”
Computer Composting/Complex Enhancement
1st Place: Beverly Hicks “Life Is A Journey”
2nd Place: Lee Owenby “Elvis at the Paris City Auditorium”
Honorable Mention: Lee Owenby “Sit A Bit”
Youth Division Name Title
1st Place: William McDonald “Pianoforte”
2nd Place: Allie Barrow “Secret Garden”
Honorable Mention: Ali Grace Davis “Dyer Gin Company”
Rick Conger and Bob Hehn look over entries. (McFarlin photo).
Arson of Alley Outbuilding is Investigated
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department is investigating an arson fire that damaged an outbuilding located in the alley between Jackson and Walnut Streets around 11 p.m. Saturday night.
When the fire department arrived at the scene, they found that neighbors had put the fire out. Witnesses told the department that they saw a small dark truck in the area and believe that the men in the truck set the outbuilding on fire. The truck then drove off in the direction of Park Street.
The case was turned over to Fire Marshal Chuck Wade for investigation.
McNairl Playing with Colorado Ice
Calvin McNairl in his #8 uniform for the Ice. (Colorado Ice photo).
Fort Collins, Colo.-Former Henry Co. Patriots standout Calvin McNairl is now playing for the Colorado Ice, an indoor football league. McNairl was quarterback for the Patriots and also is playing quarterback for the Icl. In fact, since the Ice's season began February 21, he has made two touchdowns for the team.
After he graduated from Henry County High School in 2007, he earned a football scholarship to Tennessee State University and had a stellar career there.
The Ice's season ends in June. McNairl is the son of Johnnie and Trancie McNairl.
McNairl running for one of his touchdowns. (Colorado Ice photo).
Paris 6th Grader Places 2nd in Regional Bee
Congratulations also go out to Kester Nucum, a sixth grader at W.O. Inman School in Paris, who came in second place in the 2013 West Tennessee Regional Spelling Bee in Jackson on Saturday.
Eighth-grader Jasmine Brandt, of Jackson, was the winner and will be a contestant in the National Spelling Bee in May.
Nucum won a $20 Amazon gift card and a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica online and a Merriam-Webster dictionary.
Twelve boys and 20 girls in the third grade through eighth grade, representing 32 West Tennessee schools, competed in the bee.
Smokey Joe's Cafe Wows Local Crowd
The cast performs a number during "Smokey Joe's Cafe". (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-A large and enthusiastic crowd was on their feet at the conclusion of the Bethel Renaissance Theater production of Smokey Joe's Cafe Saturday night at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC).
Featured in the show are songs written by famed songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and include such hits as "On Broadway", "Hound Dog" and "Stand By Me".
Three students from Paris are featured in the show: Alexis Ward, Allin Montford and Jason Wade. Musical Director is Elaine Conger, also of Paris, and Director is Brian Hill.
Drug Charges Pending Against Inman Student
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were called to Inman Middle School Friday afternoon on a report that a student had sold marijuana to another student on the bus.
The student was called to the office where Patrolman Jordan Klutts and Principal Jason Scarborough questioned him about the transaction. The juvenile reported said he had sold fake marijuana to a 6th grader on the bus. He showed Klutts and Scarborough a bag of the material which he said was made of oregano and other things mixed together.
The principal asked him to empty his pockets, which he did, and Klutts asked if he had anything else and the juvenile reportedly said no. According to the report, when Klutts searched his jacket, he did find a bag of what he believed to be marijuana.
Charges of simple possession are pending against the student.
Henry County Dusted With Snow
Paris, Tenn.-Steady flurries overnight and Saturday morning produced some picturesque scenes throughout the county, such as at Grove Tower in Paris. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Kevin Eubanks to Appear at The Dixie
Huntingdon, Tenn.-Acclaimed guitarist Kevin Eubanks will be performing at The Dixie next weekend, Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m.
Eubanks is familiar to most after spending 18 years as musical director of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". He will be playing jazz-rock, funk and the blues.
Ticket Prices: Adult - $22 (plus tax) Senior (65+) and Child (-12) - $18 (plus tax)
To purchase tickets or for more information, stop by The Dixie box office, call 731.986.2100, or visit our website at www.dixiepac.net
Quota Hears About REAL Hope
REAL Hope Director Becki White
Paris, Tenn.-Quotarian Becki White, who is director of the REAL Hope Youth Center spoke to the Paris Quota club about the non-profit organization for children from all income and ability levels.
The Center is open 3-6 pm Monday through Thursday and 3-5 pm on Friday and the cost for each child is $12 per week. REAL Hope stands for Recreations, Education, Arts and Leadership and the Center has activities in each of these areas every day except Friday. They presently have approximately 30 children and their goal is 60. In addition to White, they have a Program Coordinator and 5 part-time volunteers. All employees are part time.
Their program is based on Character Counts. When children do good things, they get tickets. When they do bad things, they get tickets taken away. They save their tickets and they can buy things from the Character Counts store like pencils, notebooks and many other items. They have a Homework Group and have noticed grades going up because of this program. They sometimes have a visit from therapy dogs and they read to the dogs.
On Friday, they have a Leadership activity and often have visits from community leaders. They also have a movie on Friday with popcorn. Funding for REAL Hope comes from many fundraisers, Helping Hand, United Way, donations from civic clubs and individuals. This program keeps kids off the streets between 3 and 5 in the afternoon. Kids are in the program because their parents are working. Volunteers are needed between 3:30 and 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday.
They are located in the Central School building and are open during the school year only. Currently, they only serve children in the city school district because they provide transportation. They are hoping to get transportation for county school children in the future.
Quotarians received the Official Call to Conference from Governor Sykes. The 59th annual 23rd District Conference will be held in West Memphis, Arkansas April 19-20, 2013. Members were urged to make plans to attend, as there will only be one more District Conference before the re-organization of the Districts to Regions.
Scholarship applications for high school seniors are available at Henry County High School and Regions Bank. Applications for College students are available at Moody Realty.
The club will again sponsor an Easter Bake Sale on Saturday, March 30 at the Mineral Wells branch of Commercial Bank and Trust Company.
Library to Close Monday
Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library will be closed on Monday, March 4, 2013 for an all staff Regional Library conference and workshop. We will open regular hours on Tuesday, March 5.
Injuries Reported in Two-Vehicle Accident on Guthrie Rd.
Paris, Tenn.-A two-vehicle accident occurred on a particularly treacherous section of Guthrie Rd. around 4:30 p.m. Trooper Byars of the Highway Patrol called for ambulances to transport injured passengers, but attempts to reach the patrol for more information on the accident have been unsuccessful. WMUF/WLZK will report updates as information is available. (Traci Raymer photo).
Save a Heart Day is a Success
Paris, Tenn.-Students at E.W. Grove School watch a demonstration of CPR from County School Coordinated Health Director Stephanie Winders, top photo, during the 5th annual Save a Heart Day Thursday. During the event students rotated through the school to learn about health, nutrition, peer pressure and more. Combined with the last 4 years, almost 1800 Henry County teens have been CPR certified during this event. In bottom photo, Tony Black of the Jackson City Parks system talks to student Brandon Richardson during a presentation. (Shannon McFarlin photos).
News from past weeks here.