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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin


Jolley Survives Another Round on 'Idol'

Los Angeles, Calif- Paul Jolley of Palmersville, Tenn., narrowly survived another round on‘American Idol‘ following the results show Thursday night, placing eighth out of the remaining ten contestants to move on and sing again next week.

The 22-year-old auditioned for Season 12 by singing the Rascal Flatts hit ‘I Won’t Let Go,’ which he dedicated to his late grandfather, who was a First Sergeant. Jolley is the grandson of the late Jewel Melton of Cottage Grove.

After performances that were criticized by the judges, Jolley bounced back on Wednesday night, singing the Lonestar hit ‘Amazed’ . Jolley can also look forward to participating in the upcoming ‘American Idol’ summer tour.

Problem with Counterfeit Bills Continues to Grow

Paris, Tenn.-There continues to be a problem with counterfeit $20 bills being passed around the Paris area.

The problem emerged last weekend, as Paris Police were kept busy responding to reports of numerous counterfeit bills being passed at several local businesses.

The reports of the fake bills have continued, with several reports coming from businesses late this week. Swifty Gas Co. at 1005 Mineral Wells Ave. was hit twice this week. In the first incident, an employee reported that a customer attempted to pay gas with what appeared to be a fake $20 bill and while looking through their other bills realized that another one was a fake. The customer said they had received the bills from Lakeway IGA.

In another incident at Swifty’s, another customer tried to pay for gas with a fake $20 bill, which they said they received from the ATM machine at a local bank.

At Fantastic Sam’s beauty salon at 1023 Mineral Wells, the manager notified officers that a local bank had called her to report that one of the $20 bills the store had deposited was counterfeit.

And at Wal-Mart Supercenter on Mineral Wells, a manager reported to officers that two fake $20 bills had been passed by customers, but she did not know when.

Meanwhile, members of the public are continuing to come to the police department with fake $20 bills that have been passed to them so that officers can check them and take reports.


Aggravated Assault Arrest Made After Gun Incident

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Paris woman on a charge of aggravated domestic assault and unlawful possession of a weapon following an incident on India Rd.

Deputies received a call that an individual was pointing a gun at another person behind the Hampton Inn. When they responded, they determined that Melissa Lavine,, age 22 of 774 India Rd. pointed a gun on her boyfriend after she said he stole money from her. In a search of her vehicle, they found a loaded 9 mm handgun.

They also arrested Deonte Nored, age 23, Lone Oak Rd., for theft under $500, after he reportedly admitted to deputies that he had taken her wallet.

Quota Makes Plans for Easter Bonnet Bake Sale

Paris, Tenn.-At this week's meeting of the Paris Quota Club, Melanie Townsend announced that the Mental Health Committee will be sending plastic Easter eggs filled with candy to Western State Mental Hospital.

Jane Sinnema announced that the Easter Bonnet Bake Sale will be held on March 30 from 8am - 12 noon at the Mineral Wells branch of Commercial Bank and Trust Company. They will have a variety of Easter treats for sale with proceeds going to the club's Scholarship Fund.

Quota anniversaries being celebrated were: Pamela Conger – 17 years; Wanda McCord – 13 years; Martha McFadden – 29 years; Martha Smith – 31 years; Donna Winders – 1 year and Beverly Wood – 34 years; for a total of 125 years of service.

Thank you notes were read from Becki White, REAL Hope Youth Center and Connie McSwain, Rhea Public Library. The club plans to purchase a plaque to go on the chair purchased for the library.

Townsend, Nominating Committee Chair presented the 2013-2014 slate of officers: President – Janice Teas; President-Elect – Stephanie Tayloe; Vice-President – Brenda Hosford; Corresponding Secretary – Martha Simpson; Recording Secretary – Becki White; Treasurer – Virginia Wagner; Assistant Treasurer – Beverly Wood; Parliamentarian – Martha Smith; Directors – Gina Olds, Pat Bailey, Linda Foulks, Connie Anthony and Wanda McCord.

Smith read an invitation to the 59th annual District Conference from the West Memphis, Arkansas Quota club. The conference will be April 19-20, 2013. Registration is $95 and is due by March 29th. Registration will be at 3pm on Friday, Leadership will be at 3:30pm and a casual dinner on Friday evening. There will be free time for shopping on Saturday afternoon and the conference will conclude with an installation banquet on Saturday evening. Governor, Geraldine Sykes, will preside during the conference. Delegates are Janice Teas and White. Alternates are Pat Bailey and Virginia Wagner

Suzanne Richter announced that scholarship applications for high school seniors are available at Henry County High School and Regions Bank and applications for college students are available at Moody Realty. Forms should be completed and returned by April 8th, 2013.

Elizabeth Craig distributed instructions on enrolling in the new Kroger Community Rewards Program. Members only have to swipe their Kroger card when shopping to participate in the program after signing up.

HC BOE Approves 2013-14 Calendar

School to start Tuesday August 13th, Get Out May 28th, 2014

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Board of Education met on Thursday evening in regular session and approved the calendar for the 2013-14 school year with idea that two more days for professional development might be added in place of instructional days if the system is granted permission from the state department education commissioner.

Sam Miles, director of schools for Henry County, told the board that in the past they have used two of the stockpile days for professional development days, one in the fall, one in the spring. Earlier in the year the education commissioner had laid down the law of not allowing stock pile days to be used for anything other than weather or disasters. But Miles said the tune has changed and if the commissioner approves the request, the system could use stockpile days for professional development.

So the board approved the projected calendar with the option of allowing those two days to be added later if they are approved by the commissioner. Henry County School System will start school on Tuesday August 13th this fall. This will allow them to use the 2nd window of TCAP testing May 5-9 2014.

Holidays for the 2013-14 school year for Henry County will be Monday Sept 2, for Labor Day, October 17-18 for fall break; November 27-29 for Thanksgiving; December 23-January 6th for Christmas Break; January 20th for MLK Day; February 17th for Presidents Day; March 24-28 for Spring Break; April 18th for Good Friday; April 25th for Fish Fry; May 26th for Memorial Day; and May 28th  is the last of school.

The board also heard a report from students who had attended the Tennessee School Board Associations Scope Conference last month. Katie Maupin and Ali Wiles told board members it was a fun trip and they got have mock school board meetings and also discuss and debate many different issues. Some of the issues discussed included use of cell phones and electronic devices in the classroom, extending the calendar from 180 to 200 days, community service requirements to graduate, and corporal punishment.

Board Hears Reports on Family Resource Center

Paris, Tenn.- More from Thursday night’s school board meeting saw board members hear a presentation from Becky Holland with the Family Resource Center. They had spent some time collecting numbers of what the family resources centers across the state do for students. They polled FRCs across the state and about 50% responded to them and the numbers basically show about $13.51 per child was spent on the over almost 225,700 kids that the FRC serves in the state from August to December 31st of 2012. That equates to over $3.04 million.

also shared Henry County School System Family Resource Center numbers. She broke the information down for the board as to how much it cost in each service provided such as weekend backpack, Christmas projects and more and it equates to over $204K in Henry County. She said a quarter donations will pay for one child for one week with the FRC. She told board members that they recently had a meeting with the state legislature and they walked away with hope that funding was going to be included for FRCs on an annual basis in the state department budget.

HC Board Hears Presentation on Band Uniforms

Band Director Micheal Nelson spoke to the board on a joint effort with the system and band boosters to pay for new uniforms for the HCHS band for next year. Nelson said the current uniforms are around 11-12 years old and the boosters have been doing several fund raising events to purchase them. The project cost for uniforms, cases, and hats totals near $54K for 138 uniforms.

Nelson said with fund raisers and grants already done or planned the boosters should have raised about $28 to $29K by the July. He said talks have been had with HCHS principal Lennis McFerrin and Director Sam Miles about working with funds from the system. Miles informed board members he would present them a plan to help the band boosters out with the purchase of new uniforms at the April board meeting. Miles also said he has talked with Nelson about planning for future uniform purchases in their yearly budget to avoid depleting the booster club and have a large cost come all at once.

National Wildlife Refuge Areas to Reopen Saturday

V.I. Childs Lookout Station near refuge offices in Springville. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-The seasonally closed roads and bays at the Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge will re-open as of Saturday, March 16th. These areas have been closed during winter to lessen disturbance to wintering waterfowl on both these refuges.

This is the time when the crappie start biting and it is a great time to go fishing on the refuge. Fishermen are encouraged to pick up a fishing regulations brochure available at the Refuge headquarters at 3006 Dinkins Lane in Paris; at Cross Creeks Refuge office and visitor center at 643 Wildlife Road in Dover, at information kiosks located at both refuge offices; at the V.L. Childs Observation Deck; at the main entrance to the Duck River Bottoms area; and at the main entrance to the Busseltown Unit; or in area bait and tackle stores. This brochure has information not only about the use of the refuge, but maps of both refuges that point out the locations of boat ramps and water control structures.

For those that enjoy birding and observing wildlife, there are many opportunities available at both refuges. At Cross Creeks NWR wildlife can be viewed at the visitor center, just out the back door on their observation deck, along the birding trail or at their 1.2 mile Woodpecker Trail. At Tennessee NWR an observation deck called Pintail Point Observation Deck is accessible at the Duck River Unit just off of Haul Road in the Duck River Bottoms. The V.L. Childs Observation Deck is readily accessible at the Britton Ford-Sulphur Well area of Big Sandy. The Bennett’s Creek Observation Deck is accessible with spotting scope at the Big Sandy Peninsula. The refuge has two hiking trails for excellent wildlife viewing. The 2.5 mile Britton Ford hiking trail near the Elkhorn community gives the hiker views of Kentucky Lake while hiking through a woodlands setting. The 1.1 mile Chickasaw National Recreation Trail is a great trail to view a diversity of habitats, see the ruins of an old grist mill and walk through the remains of a homestead site of long ago.

Even though the majority of the waterfowl have left us, it will soon be time for other migrant birds to come. These birds include the shorebirds and neotropical migratory songbirds such as the indigo bunting, prothonotary warbler, white-eyed vireos, orchard orioles, yellow-billed cuckoos and wood thrushes. Be on the lookout for many of these soon, and keep in mind that the refuge staff is working diligently in various ways to help insure these treasures future existence. The refuge manager invites the public to take pleasure in the refuge, but remember to obey all regulations and help make it a safe and litter-free place for all to enjoy. For more information about refuge programs, call 731-642-2091.


Band Uniform Fundraiser Set Saturday

To Feature Many Unique Items for Silent Auction

Elaine Conger of Paris has donated several prints that were gifts from Faith Hill to her bandmembers. Top photo is of a limited edition print that is number 13 of 50 that were made.

Paris, Tenn.-A concert to raise funds to buy new uniforms for the Henry County High School band will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Entertainment will be presented by The Barons and various ensembles from the high school. Emcee will be Gaines Hedges of Paris.

Tickets of $15 are available at the door or from band members.

Belew is Speaker for Dem Meeting

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Democratic Women will hold its March meeting tonight, March 14, at 6 p.m. at Paris City Hall. Speaker will be Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew.

Sheriff's Office Investigate Thefts of Metal

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for theft on John Porter, of Henry, after investigating and incident where some I-beams had been stolen and sold as scrap metal. The report stated that Sgt. Powell responded to the Old Skyway Grill on Highway 79S and was shown by the victim where several broken blades were laying on the ground from where a saw was used to cut the I-Beams.

The victim also located the beams at Dale's Recycling in McKenzie and Porter had signed the ticket. The value of the beams is over $700. The Henry County Sheriff's Office is also investigating two separate reports of theft of catalytic converters.

One report came from a single converter cut off a work truck in a parking lot on highway 79S. The other report stated converters were cut off 9 vehicles at a business on Muzzal Street. There are no suspects at this time and its not certain whether the incidents are related.

Sec. of State Hargett Warns of Real Estate Titles Scam


Nashville- Secretary of State Tre Hargett is warning buyers and sellers of homes in Tennessee about a possible scam involving real estate titles. Within the last couple of days, the secretary of state's business services division has received copies of letters sent to at least 8 real estate companies, suggesting that there are current claims against titles of 28 residential properties.

The letters, postmarked from Portland, Oregon, say the claims were submitted on behalf of an organization called "the French trust". They threaten legal action against anyone attempting to sell any of the listed properties and urges recipients to contact the French Trust. Although the Secretary of State's office is referenced in the letter, Secretary Hargett advises the office has no involvement of sending the letters and no involvement in enforcing legal restrictions against real estate transaction titles. If you receive one of these letters, contact the Secretary of State Business Services Division for assistance at 615-741-2286 or email at business.services@tn.gov.  


Murray-Calloway County Hospital Forced to Lay Off Workers

MURRAY, Ky – Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH), a not-for-profit hospital and the second largest employer in Calloway County, announced they have to let people go.

MCCH eliminated 28 jobs and are implementing other cost-cutting measures. Employee eliminations have occurred throughout all levels of the hospital and across various departments reducing 23 full-time and 5 part-time positions.  Patient care areas of the hospital were minimally impacted.  The layoffs represent a reduction of 2.8% of total staff and will leave the hospital with approximately 1,000 employees.

Here is the statement from the hospital:
“We deeply regret the pain and anguish this difficult decision will cause for so many of our co-workers, but sustaining the fiscal health of MCCH so it can and will continue to ensure quality health care for Calloway County and our surrounding region is our ultimate responsibility,” said Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner. “Everything has been carefully planned and there will be no impact to the quality of care ---we focused on eliminating overhead and ensured that nursing staff ratios remain the same so that patients will continue to receive the great care of which they have become accustomed at our hospital.”

Murray-Calloway County Hospital is $7.5 million below budgeted numbers for inpatient volume since the fiscal year begin October 1, 2012. The hospital expects to receive even less in Medicaid reimbursement this year than last, and is still waiting to receive approximately $3 million owed from the state Medicaid program. Reimbursement cuts are expected to grow annually under the federal Affordable Care Act of 2011. Also, as a result of budget sequestration implemented by Congress, MCCH is expected to receive a 2% Medicare cut resulting in an additional $700,000 loss. The layoffs are necessary because the hospital is continuing to see lower volumes, a drop in revenue, and at the same time, less in reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other insurers.

“We are responding to the turbulent healthcare environment and are taking the appropriate fiscal actions necessary to adjust to declining volumes and reimbursements,” said Jerry Penner, CEO of Murray-Calloway County Hospital. “Departments have done their best to contain costs and productivity, however its’ simply just not enough. Hospitals are having to do more, and with less money to be in compliance with new regulations set forth in the Affordable Care Act.  The healthcare environment is extremely uncertain but we will continue to strive to do our best as always.”

"Healthcare reform mandates and changes in reimbursement structures for Medicare and Medicaid are forcing healthcare organizations throughout the U.S. to confront new challenges," said Vicki Parks, CFO of MCCH. "We must find better ways to deliver enhanced value to patients and lower the overall cost of care."

BPU Flushing Hydrants Next Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of March 18. Customers could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water. BPU asks you to check for discoloration of water prior to doing laundry. If conditions occur, run water through a facet for several minutes. The water should return to normal color in a short amount of time.

HCHS Thespians to Present Little Women at KPAC Thurs. and Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Thespians will be staging the classic play “Little Women” Thursday and Friday at 7pm at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Adapted from the book, by Louise M. Alcott, the 10 member cast tells the story of the March family of four daughters growing up in the civil war era. With a mixture of humor and pathos, the audience will be touched by the heartaches and triumphs of these characters. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids under 18 and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Law Enforcement Conducts School Searches After Arrests

Law enforcement and their canines search vehicles in the high school parking lot. (Sheriff's Office photo).


Paris, Tenn.-Following the arrest of three people on drug charges today, multiple law enforcement agencies conducted searches of Henry County High School and the Tennessee Technology School later today.

According to a press release issued by the Henry County Sheriff's Office, three subjects were arrested on drug charges following a short-term undercover operation by the Metro Crime Unit, sheriff's office and Paris Police Department in which an undercover operative purchased marijuana from two juveniles and prescription pills from an adult.

The juveniles were charged with Casual Exchange of Marijuana, while the adult, Garrett Vinson, 3513 Old McKenzie Highway, was charged with delivery of a controlled substance.

The purpose of the investigation was to focus on school-aged individuals who may be selling drugs or individuals who may possibly be selling drugs to school-age persons.

In conjunction with those arrests, the searches were conducted in parking lots and school areas. Involved in the searches were officers and canines from the sheriff's department, Paris Police, Puryear Police, Henry Police. Twenty officers from multiple agencies aided inthe search.

Sheriff Monte Belew said the investigation and searches were conducted to achieve a safe atmosphere for the youth of Henry County.

Amber Alert Issued for Missing Paris Teen

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are seeking the help of the public in finding a teenager missing from Paris since March 6. An Amber Alert has been issued for Ayana Wooten, 16. Paris Police Sgt. Greg Underwood said the grandparents still have heard nothing from her.

She was last seen at 9:00 am on March 6, at Henry County High School in Paris, Tennessee. Ayana was last seen wearing a pink jacket, blue jeans, and black flats. She was carrying a pink with black polka dot purse. She has a heart shaped diamond ring, a silver nose stud, diamond earrings and her ears are pierced on both top and bottom. Ayana may possibly be en route to West Virginia or Texas. Unknown means of travel at this time.

If you have seen Ayana, please contact Sgt. Greg Underwood, Paris Police Department, 731-642-2424 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Lassiter Donates $2500 to Relay from Monsanto Award

A representative from Monsanto and the Lassiters present the donation to Dana Allen, Event Chair of Relay for Life and David Lane, American Cancer Society Staff Partner for Henry County. (Relay photo).

Paris, Tenn.-  Wallace Lassiter of Puryear was recently 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.

Lassiter opted to donate the $2500 to Relay for Life. The formal check presentation ceremony was held Friday night during the Runway for a Cure event at Krider Performing Arts Center in Paris.

Turning Trash Into Cash for Rhea School

State Forestry Officers Darrin Webb and Stacey Bostwick with Smokey the Bear.

By Kim Patterson

Rhea PTO Secretary

Paris, Tenn.-You may have noticed a small pink logo on some of your grocery purchases with the words "Boxtops for Education" on it, but did you know that saving those logos, rather than throwing them in the trash, can add up to big cash for your school? Rhea school students, teachers, and parents know this very well because they have collected over 40,000 of these logos during this school year, which has yielded over $4,000 to use for educational field trips.

"Our original goal was a collection of 30,000 Boxtops, but we surpassed that goal at the beginning of 2013, so we raised the bar, and we are now shooting for 50,000 by the end of April," according to PTO Secretary Kim Patterson. "We are currently ranked number 10 in the State of Tennessee, and number 273 in the entire nation in Boxtops collections, which is quite a feat for a school of our size! We are hoping to reach our 50,000 goal, and perhaps top it."

Each quarter the Rhea School PTO rewards the top classes in Boxtops collections with lunch with a special guest. Rhea's most recent guest was Smoky the Bear and, members of the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Darren Webb and Stacey Bostwick, who shared important information on how everyone can help to protect our natural resources and prevent forest fires. Mr.Webb also treated the students by reading a book about how Smoky the Bear came to be. The end of each lunch period was capped off with a visit from Smoky who rewarded the kids with goody bags, filled with educational items provided by the Tennessee Forestry Division, to celebrate their achievements. The winning classes this period were Mrs. Emilee Escue's Kindergarten class, Mrs. Lorri Hudson's First Grade class, and Mrs. Linda Searcy's Second grade class who was also the School-wide winner. "We are so thankful to the gentlemen (and Bear) from the Tennessee Forestry Division for taking their time to
make our celebration so special. They did a wonderful job spreading their enthusiasm for environmental protection." said Patterson.

Rhea School is also very thankful to those who have supported this program by helping with the Boxtops collections and celebrations. There are students, teachers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and various members of the community collecting Boxtops to support Rhea school. Each logo is worth $0.10, so keep that in mind then next time you throw a Boxtops logo in the trash. By saving the logo, and sending it to your school, it is recycling at its best!

If you would like to turn your "trash into cash" for a good cause, you can mail your Boxtops to Rhea School, 115 South Wilson Street, Paris, TN 38242 to the attention of Mrs. Penny Holmes, or give them to any Rhea School student or faculty member. If you have questions on how you or your group can join in to support this project, you can contact Kim Patterson, PTO Secretary at kpatterson5350@gmail.com or 731-336-5350.

Easter Egg Hunt in CG Saturday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-The Cottage Grove Baptist Church is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt  Saturday, March 16. It begins at 10 am at Cardinal Park in Cottage Grove.


Proposed Budget Reviewed by CG Council

Cottage Grove, Tenn.-At Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Cottage Grove Legislative Council, Mayor Mike Waddey reported the budget committee has finalized the proposed budget for 2013-2014. He presented the board members with a copy to study for the first reading in April.

In other business:

--Matthew McClure gave a report on the vending machine project.

--Waddey reported that the recycling project is in the volunteer stage. He will also contact the TDOT about further street repairs. The quarterly newsletter was also discussed.

--The county office of emergency management asked the city to sign papers for possible federal aid. John Weiher made a motion to approve the resolution granting permission. The motion was seconded and by Matthew McClure. It was adopted.

Revenues of $4227.32 and expenses of $616.74 were reported for February 2013.

Lego League to Meet Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-The newly-formed Library Lego League will hold its first session from 10-11:30 .m. Saturday at the W.G. Rhea Library. Lego builders will meet once a month to read a book and design their themed creations. The creations will be displayed in the Childrens' room at the library.

The Legos will be provided by the library, but donations of Legos are being sought. Please bring donations to the circulation desk.


Bethel University Open House is Saturday, March 16

McKenzie, Tenn.- Potential traditional undergraduate students can get a good idea of what Bethel University is all about Saturday, March 16, by attending an Open House hosted by the College of Liberal Arts Office of Enrollment Services. Held on Bethel’s McKenzie campus, the Open House will allow students to tour the campus and to meet with campus representatives. Additionally, students will get the chance to interact with current Bethel University students.

Those who wish to attend the March 16 Open House are encouraged to contact Bethel’s Office of Enrollment Services either by phone at 731-352-4030 or by e-mail at admissions@bethelu.edu.

For more information about Bethel University, go to www.bethelu.edu.

Henry Board Approves Garbage Rates, Ride Along, Reserve Officers

Henry, Tenn.- During Tuesday night’s Henry Mayor and board of alderman meeting, items that were tabled from last month were discussed, beginning with garbage rates with Barker Brothers Waste Management. The rates will decrease beginning on the next billing cycle from $15.00 a month to $13 dollars a month for residential, and commercial rates would be $16.00 per month. The board approved the resolution on 2nd reading for garbage rates.

The board also approved a request from Henry Chief of Police, David Andrews for 2 new reserve officers. The two new reserve officers will cost to the city $320 per year. These officers will have the same responsibility as any other officer. They will be able to write tickets, make arrests, and do reports.

Alderman Cindy Rainey stated that she is very pleased with the police department and how safe she feels living within the city of Henry and that with 2 more officers on duty, would increase the feeling as well.

Board members then approved the ride along program that was tabled from February’s meeting as well. This allows citizens over the age of 18 to ride along with officers to learn about how police work goes on. Discussion was brought up on if the ones participating in the ride along program would be riding with Chief

Andrews or the reserve officers. Andrews response was that he would prefer to be the one with whom they would be riding with.

Public Works director Ed Bush suggested to the Henry Mayor and board of alderman Tuesday night that Tim Beecham and himself receive Hepatitis B shots. The Hepatitis B is a series of 3 shots and Bush felt it would be good for them to get it considering they work on a daily basis with the sewer system. This request was approved and will be paid by the City of Henry.

During the Public Comments section of the meeting, Charlie Barnes, resident of Henry, stated that the dogs that run loose are becoming more destructive. They destroyed a part of a privacy fence that he recently had built. He stated that these dogs have collars, but continue to run free and wanted something done about it. Mayor Qualls stated that the dog issue has been a problem for years and he would see what more could be done on the situation

Pats Baseball Drop Season Opener to Riverside

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County dropped its first baseball game of the regular season Tuesday night by a final of 10-3 to Riverside. The Patriots will play again Thursday at Camden and Friday at home against McKenzie.

SEC Tourney Starts Wed. Night, Broadcast on WRQR 97.5

Vols Play SC-MSU Winner on Thursday afternoon

Nashville- The SEC men’s basketball tournament starts this evening in Nashville and we will broadcast every SEC tournament game on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000. Tonight’s games include South Carolina vs. Mississippi State around 6:30pm and Auburn vs. Texas A and M around 9:30pm this evening. Tennessee will play the winner of the South Carolina-Mississippi State around 2:30pm on Thursday.

Kidd Pleads Not Guilty; Trial Set in Puppy Mill Case

Sheriff Monte Belew, right, and Sgt. Ricky Ford play with newborn puppies at the sheriff's office animal shelter. The puppies were born at the shelter by a mother dog that was among those seized at Kidd's property. Sgt. Ford oversees the shelter. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Paris, Tenn.-A trial has been set in Henry County Circuit Court for Cheryl Kidd, 68, 1749 Perkins Rd., Puryear, who is accused of running a puppy mill on her property and keeping dogs and puppies in unsanitary conditions.

Appearing in court Monday, Kidd pleaded not guilty to the formal charges of animal cruelty and allowing dogs to run at large.

Kidd told Judge Donald Parish that she currently has no attorney. She said she is trying to find one and that she formerly did have an attorney, but she let him go. Judge Parish told Kidd it is important that she be represented by one because Circuit Court cases are very serious.

Judge Parish set noon Monday, March 18, as the time for motions to be filed in the case. The judge ordered that if Kidd has any motions to file she should do it by that time and that if she does file a motion, she must be in court that day. Kidd is free on bond.

Appearing for the state was Assistant District Attorney Paul Hessing.

Over 30 dogs and puppies were seized at her property where they had been living in unsanitary conditions. They are being held at the sheriff's office shelter where their adoptions are on hold awaiting the outcome of the case.


Business Owner Sentenced to Jail

      Randall Damesworth

Paris, Tenn.-MidSouth Pest Control Owner Randall Dean Damesworth, 44, Camden, was sentenced to serve 8 years in prison by Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish Monday. The sentence was amended to serve one year in prison and the balance in community corrections.

Damesworth was ordered to report to Benton County Jail at 6 a.m. March 25 and to pay $100,000 in restitution to the victim. He was formally charged with theft.


Assault to Child Brings Six Year Sentence

             Timothy Overcast

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man who was charged with hitting a toddler was sentenced

to serve six years in jail by Henry County Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish on Monday. Timothy William Overcast, 24, Harrison Meadows, pleaded guilty to the amended charge of aggravated assault.

He was represented by Clarksville Attorney Wayne Clemens.


St. Patty's Day Luncheon Set Friday

Paris, Tenn.-The annual St. Patty's Day Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 15 at First Christian Church, 101 S. Poplar St. $10 Donation is asked and you can dine in or carry out.

On the menu is Irish baked potato bar, Shamrock garden salad, desserts and drink. The luncheon benefits the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and the city and county weekend backpack programs.

One Dead, Two Wounded Following Shootings

Puryear, Tenn.-A rural Puryear man shot his wife and daughter and then turned the gun on himself this afternoon. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said John Baxter, age 72, killed himself after shooting his wife, Virginia, age 66, and their daughter, Kathryn O'Loughlin, age 47 earlier today. The shooting occurred at 5225 Foundry Hill Road.

Belew said the latest update, as of 6:15 p.m. Monday, is that O'Loughlin is in critical condition and that Virginia Baxter is alert and talking in her hospital room. Both were airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. O'Loughlin was airlifted from the scene. Baxter was transported initially to Henry County Medical Center and then airlifted to Vanderbilt.

Belew said the sheriff's office has been called to the home "multiple times, multiple times" and that the Baxters had been going through a divorce. "This is a tragic situation and John reportedly had a little temper and dementia and other health issues, so it was a recipe for disaster."

Multiple agencies, including the sheriff's office, highway patrol and Puryear law enforcement, responded to the scene following the shootings.


Healthy Shopping Event Set March 16; Deadline is March 14


Paris, Tenn.– The Hazlewood Every Child Outdoors Center (ECO) joins HCMC’s Kim Dempsey and Henry County Farm Bureau to present tips on healthy shopping at the Paris Kroger supermarket on March 16 at 10 a.m.

“Many of us are concerned about health eating,” said Vicki Stevens-Valentine, the project coordinator at the Hazlewood ECO Center. “It’s surprising how much better we can eat, and how easy it is to eat better and save money if we just have the right information.”

That vital information is right in front of us, according to Dempsey, the registered dietitian for the Henry County Medical Center. “Most of what you need to know is right on the label,” she said, “But you have to know where to look and what it means.”

Henry County Farm Bureau is providing written information from its “Food Checkout” program to support the workshop.

Pariticipants in the program are asked to register in advance with the Henry County Alliance. Children 10 years old and older are invited to join their parents at the event.

“We think people will be amazed at how easy and inexpensive healthy eating can be,” said Stevens-Valentine. “We’re lucky to have Kim Dempsey available to us, and to have access to locally-grown, carefully inspected produce as we have in Paris,” she said.

The event is limited to 20 participants and reservations may be made by calling the Henry County Alliance, 731-642-3431. The deadline for registration is March 14. Programs are sponsored through an agreement with the State of Tennessee.

High Gas Prices Taking its Toll on County Budgets

Paris, Tenn.- Just like they are taking their toll on our budgets individually, high gas prices are pinching local government offices as well and that was evident at Monday night’s Henry County budget committee meeting.

Committee members approved transfers from several departments needing to move money around to balance out the cost for more gas needed to power vehicles.

Almost $50,000 was recently taken in by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department from sale of equipment, and all that money was exhausted in the budget by two things that continue to increase in price on all of us, gas and food. The budget committee approved transfers for the sheriff’s office to increase revenue by $49,558 for the sale of equipment then to increase their budget line item for gas in the amount of $30,000 and food supplies for $19,558.

The Solid Waste Department also asked for extra money for gasoline to try to finish out the fiscal year. The committee approved solid waste taking $14K from unappropriated fund blance to place in the gasoline line item in their budget.

More from the budget committee meeting on Monday saw the committee approve some transfers in the general purpose school fund to line up costs from the storm shelter retrofit at Lakewood this summer. A FEMA grant of $1.284 million dollars and a TEMA grant in the amount of just over $214K were approved to go into revenue for the school fund. Also other money was moved around for the project locally and to pay for projected increases in the medical insurance for the school system along with increases in BEP funds.

The committee also approved transfer request from administrator of elections Darrin Thompson. There was no new money asked for here, just transferring from line items like decreasing election workers and election commission to cover increased cost in printing and data processing services.

Road Board finalizes Plan to Tar and Chip Gravel Roads

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday night’s Henry County Road Board meeting, the board briefly discussed the road plan again, reiterating the fact they want to spend time and money tar and chipping all the gravel roads this spring and summer instead of patching roads. Board chairman Bobby Milam had ask commissioners to go over roads in their district and see if there were any that they felt didn’t need to be tar and chipped.

Some of the commissioners discussed how they had traveled various roads in their districts and found some that were listed as gravel that had already been tar and chipped and others that didn’t have much traffic that probably could just stay a gravel road. Milam asked the board members to sure up any roads they found already tar and chipped and any that didn’t need that and give to Road
Supervisor Ray Norwood as soon as they can.

The board also tentatively approved a long list of items to declare as surplus and sale at an upcoming auction in April. Some questions were raised about possibly keeping some of the equipment to use as spare parts. Norwood said there might be a few they could do that with. They tentatively set auction dates as either April 11th or 18th, whenever the auctioneer could be available. The will finalize the list of items at the April board meeting.

The road board also discussed final specs on purchasing a new pickup and dump truck for the department. They discussed this in detail the last couple of months as well. They will take bids next month.

Yes, It Did Rain Last Night

Paris, Tenn.-Among the places in Henry County that are water-logged this morning is the walking trail at the Eiffel Tower Park. With last night's steady rainfall, some locations in the county showed two inches in their rain guages today. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

THP to Provide Permanent Aviation Support in West TN

Trooper Lee Russell stands beside the THP Chopper that will provide aviation support in Henry County and all of West TN. (THP photo)

Jackson - Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons joined Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott to announce the permanent assignment of a THP helicopter and pilot to assist with aviation support of law enforcement in west Tennessee.  This permanent aviation support will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents or missions in the western areas of the state.

“We have always been committed to helping our local, state, and federal partners.  By basing a helicopter and pilot in Jackson, the Tennessee Highway Patrol can now assist those agencies in west Tennessee faster and more efficiently,” Gibbons said.

Trooper Lee Russell has been assigned to pilot the helicopter.  Russell is a native of west Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee Martin.  He previously served with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office as a rotorcraft and fixed wing pilot for the 24th Judicial Drug Task before graduating from the THP Trooper Cadet Academy in 2010. Russell has been assigned to the Aviation Section and has undergone advanced flight training focusing on airborne law enforcement techniques.

“Our pilot is always on-call, ready to respond anywhere he is needed in west Tennessee. Trooper Russell has excelled in all areas of his advanced training and will no doubt prove to be a great asset to public safety in west Tennessee,” Trott said.

The aircraft is a 206 B Bell Jet Ranger. The helicopter is equipped with F.L.I.R.® (Forward-Looking Infra-Red that detects infrared energy (heat) that produces a thermal image. It is also equipped with a 20 million candle power Nightsun® searchlight and specialized radios that allow pilots to communicate with most emergency agencies. THP pilots are equipped Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) which offer the pilot a much better view during hours of darkness, allowing a higher level of safety and capability. Soon, the helicopter will be equipped with LoJack® which will aid in locating and recovering stolen vehicles. The system will be in operation at all times while the helicopter is in use.

The THP helicopter can be used in supporting efforts for vehicle surveillance; vehicle and foot pursuits; searches for criminal suspects; searches for missing, lost and/or endangered individuals which could include children, adults, and the mentally disabled. It can also provide air cover during critical incidents; photo flights for investigative purposes; post natural and manmade disaster missions; damage assessments; search and rescue of individuals in need of faster extraction for their wellbeing or situations that are impractical for ground personnel.

Other duties could include educational details; and support for high-risk situations such as executing a search warrant or other unstable scenarios.

With the centralized location of the helicopter, it will allow for the most effective response times throughout west Tennessee.

From its home in Jackson, the THP helicopter could respond to Tiptonville (Reelfoot Lake area) in 30 minutes; Memphis in 50 minutes; Paris (Kentucky Lake area) in 30 minutes; and Savannah (Pickwick Lake area) in 35 minutes. Previously, the THP would dispatch a pilot and helicopter from Nashville adding an hour or more to the response time.

Thefts Reported Around the City and County Over Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- An old barge valued at $15K was stolen from property on the 218 bypass recently and sheriff's deputies continue to investigate the incident with no suspects.

The report at the Henry County Sheriff's Office indicated some type of vehicle that operated on tracks was used to pick up and haul the barge to the edge of the property. From there, it appears the barge was loaded on a trailer or truck and hauled away.

Another report from the sheriff's office stated $1300 in cash was stolen from a purse at a Pine View Drive residence. The victim stated several guests had been in the home and the money went missing over the weekend and she suspects one of the guests could have gotten into her purse or coat to take the money. Police are continuing to investigate.

A report at the Paris Police Department stated that a home on North Porter Street that was being rented had been damaged by renters and about $1K worth of items were missing from it. The report said a window air conditioner and a fridge were among some of the items missing. It was thought by the victim the renter might have pawned the air conditioner. Police have suspects and continue to investigate the incident.

Haney Performs at Eubanks Concert

Huntingdon, Tenn.-Well-known Paris Musician Chuck Haney, left, shakes hands with Kevin Eubanks after the Eubanks' appearance at The Dixie Saturday night. Eubanks was musical director for The Tonight Show for many years and performed a wide variety of musical styles during his concert, which featured himself and a bass player. Haney performed in the lobby before the concert. Haney plays saxophone for the local band The Barons. (Submitted photo).


Bob Dylan To Appear in Murray

Murray, Ky.-Music Legend Bob Dylan will be appearing at the CFSB Center on the Murray State University campus at 8 p.m. April 27 and tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15. Tickets cost $45 for non-students and $25 for students.

Dylan is of course famous for a musical career that has lasted since the 1960s and spanned folk and rock music. His hits include “Lay Lady Lay” and “Blowin’ in the Wind”.

Counterfeit $20 Bills Being Passed Around Paris

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are warning the public and local businesses of counterfeit $20 bills that are being passed locally. Officers were busy over the weekend responding to calls of the counterfeit bills at several businesses and officers also went to local businesses to warn them of the fake money.

On Friday, Paris Police responded to Swifty’s Oil on Mineral Wells Ave. on a report that two fake $20 bills had been passed there, then responded to Dollar General on Mineral Wells Ave. on a report of more fake bills there. The Dollar General manager said she was doing the deposit and found seven fake $20 bills.

Responding to Sonic Drive-In at 502 Tyson Ave., the manager notified officers of a counterfeit $20 bill being passed there and they showed video of the car that passed the bill. Officers determined who was driving that vehicle and went to the car owners’ home and he told officers he had just gotten that bill at the Silver Dollar Bar on Brewer Street.

Officers were again busy on Saturday. Patrolman Amber Roaten responded to a call from Sonic and the manager said a customer there had two fake $20 bills and said he had received them from either Eagle Foods or the 3rd Floor Skating center.

Patrolman Roaten again responded to Sonic where a complainant reported having his payroll check cashed at Wal-Mart and having received one fake $20 bill.

Cpl. Jeremye Whitaker went to Eagle Foods at 907 E. Wood to warn them of the fake bills on Saturday and the manager did find four fake $20 bills there. Patrolman Jamie James went to the 3rd Floor Skating center to warn them and they said they had found one fake bill.


Two Arrests Made Following Stop

Paris, Tenn.-In a separate incident, Paris Police arrested two people following a traffic stop at Daily’s convenience store on Hwy. 79N. Arrested were Jennifer Eads, age 27 of 2995 Mays Bridge Rd. and Randall Williams, age 28 of the same address.

Officers stopped the car for seat belt violation and found Williams driving with a suspended license. They also noted that Eads had active warrants on her and once they had hard copies of the warrants in hand, they arrested her.

With consent to search, they found three spoons with residue and a used syringe. Williams claimed ownership of them and was arrested for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and suspended license.

Runway For A Cure a Huge Success

Among the models strutting their stuff on the runway were Sarah Gerling and Zoe Wade. (Relay photo).

Paris, Tenn.-Friday night's Runway for a Cure event was a definite success, with over 200 people attending and more than 50 models participating. The event included a fashion show and silent auction and was held at the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC). The event benefitted the Henry County Relay for Life.

Boutiques participating with fashions were: Boutique MariMac, Carey's of Murray, Betty's Bridal Cottage, The Closet, Sunshine Boutique of Camden, On The Square of Dresden, The Upstairs @ Butler & Harber and Ruche Demure Boutique.

Co-Chairs Charlotte Loines and Richar Summers backstage.

Newest Small Business Basics Class is Graduated

Paris, Tenn.-The Small Business Basics Class of 2013 has been graduated after several weeks of classes. The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the classes to promote entrepreneurship locally. In photo are: Faculty member Jeremy Stone, Cowart, Reese and Sargent; Chairperson Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker; Co-chair Kevin Buie, K and B Supplies for Success; Amy Spain, David Jackson, Alex McDaniel, Letty Hassell, Christine Johnson, Daniel Garstecki, Kaye Andrews, Kyle Parker, Christiane Longest, Graziella Longest, Smantha Parker, Derrick Melton, Benjamin Leach, Jacob Leach, Lori Smith, Jacob Alexander, George Atkinson, Chamber President Dr. Jeff Seaton, faculty member Brian Foster, Landmark Realty, faculty member Susan Jones, Merison's; and faculty member Albert Wade, Greer and Wade Attorneys. (Chamber photo).


Library Board to Meet Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.-The W. G. Rhea Public Library Board will meet on Tuesday, March 19 at 4 pm in the Genealogy Room. The public is welcome.


Beer Board Okays Howell's Permit

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Beer Board has approved a permit for Howell’s Grocery and Grill at 433 Buchanan Resort Rd.. The permit was granted to Owner Clara Howell and it okays both off and on premises use.

Tickets on Sale for Uniform Fundraiser

Paris, Tenn.-Tickets are on sale for the HCHS Marching Patriots Fundraiser event set for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Krider Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the high school or from band members. The Barons will perform and Gaines Hedges will be the emcee.


Library Seeks Teen Volunteers

Paris, Tenn.-The W.G. Rhea libary is looking for teens to volunteer weekly for just one hour after school to help select themed books, prepare crafts and activities, and more. If you are interested in this activity, please call the library at 642-1702.

Arrest Made in Dead Puppies Case

                    Joe Paul Hayes

Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County Sheriff’s department has made an arrest in the dead puppies case. Thanks to an anonymous tip, deputies arrested Joe Paul Hayes, 22 of 407 Rison St. for cruelty to animals.

Deputies last week were alerted to a plastic yellow tub with a quilt over the top that was left by the side of the road on Briarpatch Lake Rd. When they investigated further, they found three dead pit bull puppies that had been left in the tub to die. Sheriff Monte Belew said at the time that it was evident that the puppies were alive when they were put in the tub but because of the cold or starving to death had died in the tub.

Capt. Damon Lowe said Friday morning that an anonymous tip had led them to Hayes. “We got an anonymous tip and then when we investigated that, it led us to witnesses who then led us to Hayes.”

Hayes is being held on $1,000 bond in the county jail.

PD Investigates Another Dog Theft

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating another theft of someone’s pet from their yard. According to the police report, someone stole a black and white Shih Tzu from a yard on Belmont Street around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The dog’s owner said she came out to the yard to get her dog and found him missing. Neighbors told her that a white man in a gray Lexus had driving up to the house, got out of the car and took the dog.

The dog is named Max and is mostly white with black patches. He also was wearing a black collar with his name, address and phone number on it. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 642-2424.

There has been a rash of similar incidents in recent months, with several reports of peoples’ dogs being stolen right out of their yards.


Shoplifting, Theft Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police issued a warrant for the arrest of James Everett Travis, 45 of 1219 King St. for shoplifting from the Dollar General Store on Mineral Wells Ave. According to the report, officers were called to the store on a complaint that a man who had shoplifted from there a few days before had come back.

Officers looked at a video of the man taking bottles of body wash from the store and he was identified as Travis. A no trespassing directive also was signed to keep him from entering the store again.

Deputies also are investigating a burglary of ammo and hunting clothing valued at $1,870 from a vacant house on Whitlock Rd. Someone had placed the items in the home before moving in and the items apparently were taken through a broken window.

An Elegant Dinner, Indeed!

Paris, Tenn.-On Thursday, Rhea School looked more like a very fancy restaurant as it was the time for the school's annual Elegant Dinner, at which students and teachers dress up extra-fancy and are treated to fine dining. Volunteers dress up in white blouses and black pants and wait on the students while harp music is played in the background to enhance the atmosphere. In top photo, second-graders Caleb VanDyke, Faith Mahone and Autumn Morris took time out for a photo, while bottom shows Caris Roberson and Ezriah Martin, who were just two of the greeters. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


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