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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks 

Assistant News Director Barron Robinson


Beer Board Approves Three Beer Permits; Welcomes Sleadd

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Alcoholic Beverage Control Board met on Thursday night and approved three new beer permits.

One on premise permit was approved for Michael Pettie, for Sportsman, the lounge area at the old Paris Inns and Suites. Another permit was approved for an off premise permit for Amanda Wallace, owner of Westside Market, located at 45 US Hwy 69N. Both of these were due to change in ownership.

Another off premise permit was approved for Dharmendra Sukhadia for the new Patriot Express Mart that will open at 1330 E. Wood St. New board member Robert Sleadd was also introduced. He took the seat of left vacant by Beth Belew.

Quota Easter Back Sale Set for March 26th

Paris, Tenn.- The Quota Club of Paris will hold its famous Easter Bake Sale on Saturday March 26th from 8am to Noon at the Commercial Bank Branch on Mineral Wells Avenue. Cakes, pies, cupcakes, loaves of homemade bread, and an assortment of Easter treats will be on sale to benefit the Quota Scholarships. 

Reminder: Organizational Meeting for 1976 Grads Mon. March 21

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Class of 1976 is planning its 40th reunion this year. The first organizational meeting concerning the reunion will be held on March 21st at 6pm at the Henry County Communications Center and 911 Office on Brewer Street. All 1976 grads are invited.

Patriots Beat Riverside 7-4 Behind Updyke's 11Ks

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball Team moved to 2-0 on the season after beating Riverside 7-4 behind a strong pitching performance from Hunter Updyke.

Updyke managed to wiggle out of a runners on 2nd and 3rd 1-out jam in the top of the first by striking out the final two batters of the inning. He then struck out the side in the 2nd inning, and had 11Ks overall. He pitched 5 innings and only allowed 3 walks.

Cody McSwain got the offense started for the Patriots with a two run homer in the bottom of the first. McSwain would later add an RBI single. The Patriots are at Union City on Friday, then back home against West Creek next Tuesday night.

Gas Board Moves to Atmos Energy for Prepaid Gas

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Henry County Public Utility District met this week and decided to go with Atmos Energy for their prepaid gas. General Manager Tae Eaton explained that the district’s current prepaid gas comes from Tennergy, but they were about to quit handling prepaid gas. Eaton said three bids in: BP, giving a 3.7 cent discount, Conoco Phillips, giving a 1.5 cent discount and Atmos Engery, which offered a 7 cent discount.

Eaton said the current discount with Tennergy gets the district an 8 cent discount, but again will not be doing prepaid gas at the end of the month. Eaton said the only thing with Atmos, is they want to extend the current contract with PHCPUD from 2017 to 2019. The board felt the discount was worth the extension.

Warm Winter Rough on PHCPUD Finanicals

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard the February financials which showed the board was still in the red year to date at $153K. Eaton said this time last year, they were in the black by nearly $40K. November and December were warm, and after a colder January, February for the most part was warmer than normal. Eaton said if we had a normal March we might be able to get back in the black, but it doesn’t look like that will happen because most of March has been warm.

The board approved paying legal fees of $3,367.91 to their Federal lawyers McCarter and English as they continue to be in litigation concerning the ANR rate case filing. Eaton told the board that ANR had sent a proposal with a rate increase but they felt, along with several other utilities, the rate increase was too expensive. Eaton said they will negotiate beginning in April and negotiations are likely to last most of the summer before a final number is reached.

The board approved payments to James Plus & Associates for Engineering Services for relocation of gas lines on State Route 54 (US 641) TDOT project. This is a the latest phase of bypass project and cost is $1408. Another payment of $690 for James Plus & Associates was approved also for main line extension work.

Gas Board Members Urged To Contact State Reps.

Paris, Tenn.- Eaton informed board members that he had sent a letter to state representatives concerning a bill in the legislature that states a natural gas compressor cannot be constructed within one mile of a public park. Eaton said it affects the PHCPUD because of their operation building. Eaton said he thinks its for a bigger utility in Nashville and he urged board members to contact their representatives opposing the bill.

The district will complete the main line extensions this week and plan on sending two crews to work on backlogged service line request in the Mansfield Road area. Eaton said they currently have 11 backlog service orders on Mansfield Road alone and 19 overall.

Eaton told the board that Friday March 18th is Natural Gas Utility Worker’s Day and they plan on feeding the employees’ breakfast.

Tickets Still Available for James Gregory Show

Paris, Tenn.- Tickets are still available for The Funniest Man in America, James Gregory, who will be performing at the Krider Performing Arts Center Thursday night. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at funniestman.com.

BPU Flushing Hydrants Week of March 21

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants the week of March 21. During the process, BPU customers could possible experience air in water lines or discoloration of water.

Customers should check for discoloration prior to doing laundry. If these conditions occur, run water thru the facet for a few minutes and it should return to normal. If the problems persist, call BPU at 642-1322 ext. 149.

Puryear Boyscout Troop Having Pancake Breakfast Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Puryear Boy Scout Troop 226 will host a pancake breakfast this Saturday March 19th from 7am to 11am at Puryear Baptist Church’s Family Life Center. The church is located at 10060, Hwy. 641 N.

There is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for children under 5. Money raised benefits the troop.

Paris Police Find Backpack with Marijuana

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated a backpack was located on Wynn St. that contained 49 grams of marijuana, digital sales, 22 caliber rounds. and other paraphernalia. There is no word on who the backpack belonged to.

Some arrests the last couple of days include: David A. Sansone, of 104 Curtis St., for fugitive from justice, and violation of probation. he was placed on $10K bond; Johnny E. Mathis, 70 Bobwhite Lane, suspended license 2nd offense; Adrian R. Florence, 345 Harrison St., DUI, violation of implied consent.

Emergency Drill To Be Conducted at HCHS Friday Morning

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Emergency Management will be coordinating a “mock” mass causality tornado exercise Friday, March 18th at Henry County High School.

At 8:30AM a “mock” tornado will hit HCHS and cause “mock” injuries to students and faculty. The scenario calls for a F3 tornado taking aim on HCHS and will cause partial collapse of the high school’s “C” Building, injuring 50-60 students.  Emergency Services will be called, all abled students will be evacuated from the school and the injured will be rescued, triaged and critical treated and transported to Henry County Medical Center. 

Henry County Emergency Management Director Ron Watkins said, "We don’t want parents and grandparents to get excited if they hear fire trucks, ambulances and law enforcement are being dispatched to Henry County High School Friday morning. This is only an exercise.”

The exercise planning began last year as an relocation drill to test the alternate location capacity should the High School have to move all 1000 students off campus for a threat or emergency incident.”  

Due to scheduling conflicts, we were unable to conduct the relocation drill last year. This year Henry County Schools began looking to reschedule around the same time Henry County Medical Center began planning for a full- scale mass casualty exercise to test the Medical Center’s Emergency Department disaster plans. This is when the idea occurred to combine both exercises into one major exercise. 

High School students uninjured will exit the school and proceed to Patriot Stadium. School Administration will conduct accountability procedures and when everyone is accounted for, students will be relocated off campus by bus for safety because of the “mock” damage to the high school. Students will be transported to Henry County Fairgrounds, then another accountability procedure will take place and then students will be returned to school. 

Watkins adds, “This is going to be a great opportunity for the High School to practice newly updated emergency operations plans that were recently adopted. This will allow practice of accountability of the entire student body in a short time which is crucial during an emergency incident. Henry County Emergency Management is partnering with Henry County Schools, Henry County Medical Center, Henry County EMS, Paris Fire Dept, Henry County Sheriff’s Dept and the Paris Police to conduct this full scale exercise. All agencies will be practicing emergency response plans to deal with a mass casualty event.    

Henry County Hosting KBF National Championship

Paris, Tenn.- Over 400 anglers will be in and around Paris Landing the next couple of days for the Kayak Bass Fishing Open Series on Friday and the KBF National Championship on Saturday and Sunday.

Fishing conditions will be better than last year, when bitter cold air was in place and icy conditions were found on Kentucky Lake. This winter has been much warmer and even though a cold front is coming in over the weekend, temperatures will still be near average for March.

Local anglers are encouraged to come out to the Captain’s meeting on Thursday night and sign up to compete against the top kayak anglers from across the country.

On Friday evening, there will be free beer from PerryLodgic Brewery and live musical entertainment from Kristen Kelly and Jimmy Stanley at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

For those who can’t fish the entire event, there is a four day charity event as well, the How Big Bass Brawl. It will have a prize package valued at $5K with proceeds raised through the $20 entry fee benefiting the Heroes on the Water.

The 4th Annual KBF OPEN series, and KBF National Championship is brought to you in cooperation with the Henry County Tourism Authority. For more information on the KBF visit www.kayakbassfishing.com.

HCHS Speech Team To Hold Fundraiser Show Thurs. Night

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County High School Speech Team will feature 5 of its award-winning members in a showcase Thursday night at 7pm at the Little Theatre. State champion in Dramatic Interpretation, Griffin Paschall, will be joined by fellow national qualifier in Informative Speaking, Natalie Clark, along with state semi-finalist Jayna Nance and award winners Noah Hulbert and Charlie Raymer.

The 2nd half of the evening will be a performance of the 13 member cast of the one act comedy “That’s Not How I Remember It.” The team will compete again this weekend in the Tennessee High School Speech Drama League District Tournament in Clarksville. Admission at the door Thursday night is $5, which will help fund travel expenses.

Reminder: St. Patty's Luncheon Set for Thurs.

Paris, Tenn.- The annual St. Patty’s Day Luncheon at First Christian Church in Paris is set for this Thursday March 17th from 11am to 1pm at the church located at 101 S. Poplar St. The menu will featured loaded Irish baked potato bar, shamrock garden salad, and leprechaun desserts and drink. Tickets are $10 and can be paid at the door and the money raised benefits the Navajo Water project. You can eat in or carry out.


Lakewood 2nd Graders Learn About Court, Police

(Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Mrs. Christy Wimberley's 2nd graders at Lakewood made a field trip to the Juvenile Courtroom inside the Henry County Courthouse Annex on Wednesday.

Judge Vicki Snyder helped organize the field trip for the students as Ptl. Jordan Klutts, D.A.R.E. officer with the Paris Police Department, Ptl. Jamie James and his K9 Herrum, and Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo came to talk to students.

Judge Snyder explained the courtroom is not a pleasant place and its best to avoid the courtroom. She said young children should treat adults with respect and listen and do what they say. Judge Snyder said many people under age 18 who disrespect their parents, teachers, or other adults end up in her courtroom.

Ptl. Klutts talked about the D.A.R.E. program and Chief Elizondo explained to the students that when they see a police officer, they don't have to be scared. Chief Elizondo said officers are your friends and we will help you and keep you safe so always come to an officer if you are scared or in trouble.

Ptl. James talked about working with his partner Herrum and fielded several questions from the students. Ptl. James told students that Herrum is his partner and they work together to get drugs off the streets.

24th Judicial District Attorney General Matt Stowe also stopped by the courtroom and told students there is a checks and balances system with court and police and his office to make sure each is doing their jobs.

At the end of the session, the students got to pet Herrum, bang the judge's gavel, and received a goody bag.

Paris Fire Dept. Extinguishes Madison St. Fire

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Fire Department responded to structure fire at 1002 Madison Street just after 11pm Tuesday night. Fire fighters arrived to find smoke and fire visible on the first floor in the bedroom area, according to the report. They deployed an interior attack and was able to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and about $25K in damage was done, but there were no injuries.

Patriots Win Season Opener 14-4 Behind Jared Pugh

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball team opened up the season with a 14-4 win over Stewart County at home on Tuesday night. Patriot senior hurler Jared Pugh pitched a complete game striking out 8 batters and giving up only one earned run. He also went 3 for 5 at the plate with two doubles, 3 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.

Evan Harrison also had three hits for the Patriots and three other players Cody McSwain, Parker Piskos, and Woodrow Young all had two hits apiece. Hayden Walker hit a homerun for Henry County as well. The Patriots will host Riverside on Thursday night at Patriot Field.

PES Students Doing Well With Spanish Language Instruction

PES Principal Chip Gray goes over the Middlebury Foreign Language Program with the PSSD board at Tuesday's meeting. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary hosted the Paris Special School District Board of Education’s March meeting on Tuesday night. The board heard a presentation from Middlebury College’s Foreign Language program which the PSSD implemented this year.

Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray gave an overview of the program where PES students have been able to learn Spanish this year. All students have a username and password and can use at school or home. Gray said everyone started at Spanish 1 level at the beginning of the year and some have moved on to Spanish 2.

The program has ten to 12 Spanish words in each unit that goes along with the story. Gray said the main idea is to get the kids exposed to a new language at an early age. There are pictures to go along with the words or phrases and the kids match the word with the picture to help them learn.

Gray said there is a 30 minutes, once a week or twice a week session on Middlebury depending on the grade level. With those sessions and library time, 100% of the PES students are using the program. 25%, or about 150 of the students have finished Spanish 1 and moved on to Spanish 2. Gray said the kids seem to like the exposure to a new language and the teachers are enjoying it as well.

Once students move on to Inman they can continue with the program and take another language including French, Mandurian Chinese, and German.

PSSD Board Creates New Tech/Math Position

Paris, Tenn.- The PSSD board approved the creation of   a specialist for Instructional Technology and for Math in grades 3-8 at Tuesday night’s meeting as well. Superintendent Mike Brown explained that every year I’m reminded that we need some help with technology because teachers don’t have the time to learn on their own. Brown said I think we have teachers who want to learn, but just don’t have time and they get frustrated. We need to have someone to help teachers solve technology in a timely manner.

Brown went on to discuss how the system has put lots of time and money into reading and language and now its time to put the extra resources into math.

He said the job description is someone who helps with use of technology and also help improve math test results. The position is a 12 month position. Brown said it will be a unique person that has both backgrounds in math and technology. Brown said the Governor’s budget does increase technology per pupil and the PSSD will get an extra $35K in that area, which will offset most of the cost for the position. Brown said we want to hire someone as quickly as possible.

Brown said he has been actively recruiting for the position and hasn’t mention it to people in the system because the board hasn’t approved it yet. Brown said he will now send out the description to our employees and see if anyone might be interested. He said the position will require an extensive math background and experience in technology.

School Wide Spelling Bee Winners Recognized

PES Principal Chip Gray with PES Spelling Bee winner Gracie Williams. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- School wide Spelling Bee winners for Paris Elementary were recognized and presented with a gift card. PES’s winner was Gracie Williams and Inman’s winner was Jackson McClain.

Inman's Spelling Bee winner was Jackson McClain. (Alsobrooks photo)

PSSD Board Hears Updates on Rhea Project

Paris, Tenn.- The board heard updates on the Rhea construction project in which all permits are complete, and the stamp of approval from the State Fire Marshal has been okayed. All bids were complete as well. Cary Henson of Henson Construction did inform the board there is no word on the Tornado Safe Space Grant yet, but he can write up the contracts to include that in there if and when the grant becomes available later.

In subsequent action two resolutions were approved by the board for the go ahead with the Rhea project. The resolutions dealt with disclosure compliance policies concerning debt obligations, and paying permits, engineering work. Brown said the goal is to still keep this project at $10M and they will have a resolution on the debt at April’s board meeting.

Outdoor Expo Part of Kayak Bass Fishing Tourney

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County is the site for the 2016 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship March 18th thru 21st. As many as 400 Kayak anglers will be competing in the tournament.

As part of the event, KBF is holding an Expo for outdoor related businesses to promote their products on March 17th, 18th, and 19th. The Expo will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 3-7pm each day. There will be a free music concert on Friday March 18th from 4-8:30pm featuring two up and coming country music artists from Nashville. The concert is open to the public.

Any Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce member will provided with a 10 by 10 booth at the Expo free of charge. Any business interested in reserving a booth should call the chamber at 642-3431.

Woman Arrested for Reckless Endangerment Following Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- An arrest has been made following an accident that occurred after 4pm on Monday afternoon on East Wood Street. Kerrie L. Hurst, age 44, of Jim Hunt Road in Cottage Grove, was charged with reckless endangerment following investigation that her driving caused another vehicle to leave the roadway and hit a utility pole.

The report at the Paris Police Department stated that Ptl. Jordan Klutts responded to the wreck scene where the driver of a maroon Saturn left the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. The driver of the Saturn, Emily Spears, age 19 of Paris, was trapped inside and had to be extracted from the car by the Paris Fire Department and EMS.

A witness told Ptl. Klutts that a white car passed him at a high rate of speed and when it came back into the lane they were in it struck the maroon Saturn and caused it to leave the roadway. It caused Spear's vehicle to leave the roadway and  overturn onto its side and strike the utility pole.

Another witness told Ptl. Klutts he managed to get a tag number for the white car that speed away from the scene and appeared to have caused the accident. The witness said he saw the car turn left onto Peppers Drive and left again on India Road.

City units were dispatched but were unable to find the vehicle and dispatch ran the tag, which came back to Kerrie Hurst, of 380 Jim Hunt Road. Troopers Adam Prince and Jason Mounts went to Jim Hunt Road and located the vehicle inside of a barn. Troopers also made contact with Kerrie Hurst and she agreed to come to city hall and talk with Inv. Greg Underwood and Ptl. Klutts. During the interview she did consent for a blood draw and Hurst was arrested for reckless endangerment. Both vehicles were seized and placed at the impound lot. Inv. Underwood is continuing to investigate the incident. Spears was taken to HCMC for injuries, later airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center and she remains there in stable condition.

MSU's Tim Todd Returning to Deanship

Murray, Ky.- Murray State University President Robert O. Davies announced last week that Tim Todd has requested to return to the role of dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business.   

“I want to thank Dr. Todd for his service as the interim provost for Murray State University during the past year.  Tim did a great job of serving as the chief academic officer and leading a dedicated team of deans and other leaders. 

Tim is a very loyal individual who works hard to support others and for that I am grateful.  Tim’s work on many University-wide efforts, especially in his role as co-leader during the development of our Strategic Plan, is exceptional and greatly appreciated,” explained Davies. “I have great respect for Tim and support his wish to return to the deanship in the College of Business.  He encapsulates the heart and soul of Murray State’s vision for student success. Tim will continue to serve Murray State well and will remain an exemplary leader.”

Todd stated, “Because of my love for Murray State University for over two decades, I accepted the role of interim provost at President Davies’ request last summer, and I have been honored to serve this past academic year.  I look forward to resuming my role as dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business and working with the best deans of any university in the country in helping achieve the vision of making Murray State University the University of Choice for students in our region and beyond.”  

Davies will appoint a new interim provost as soon as possible and Todd will continue to serve as interim provost during the transition.

Todd has served as the dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State since 2006. He joined the faculty in 1995. 

UT Martin Receives Two National Rankings

Martin, Tenn.- The University of Tennessee at Martin has been included in the top 50 schools for high school students seeking college credit and among the top 30 colleges for those with ISTP personality types, as determined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Collegecounselorservices.com included the university in its online list of “50 great schools where high school students can get college credit,” published in February. The schools listed were awarded points based on accreditation of concurrent enrollment programs, cost per credit house, number of courses offered, number of high school partners and additional credit-earning options beyond concurrent enrollment.

Concurrent, or “dual,” enrollment is where a high school student can take university courses for college credit before receiving the high school diploma. These course options allow students to earn college credit at a reduced cost, save money and ultimately finish their degrees in less time.

At UT Martin, high school students can earn credit through onsite partnerships at their respective schools or through online or on-campus options. The university offers 12 online dual enrollment courses and 16 options through the extended campus centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley and Selmer.

UT Martin has also been recognized as a good choice for those with ISTP personality types as determined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. ISTP stands for “introverted, sensing, thinking, perception,” which is how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator categorizes personality. Degreematch.org created a list of 30 colleges with fewer than 10,000 students enrolled that provide an environment compatible with the preferences of students with this personality type.

The website gathered information from the National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. News & World Report to rank schools by the overall cost of attendance, student-faculty ratio, U.S. News & World Report ranking and available ISTP areas of study. UT Martin offers a hands-on environment and many fields of study that may appeal to those with this personality type.

Budget Committee Approves Transfers for Upcoming Tax Sale

Budget Committee members discuss the upcoming tax sale. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Budget Committee met on Monday night and moved money around in their legal services line items to continue to prepare for what County Mayor Brent Greer called a major property tax sale in April.

Money will be increased in the Clerk and Master Collections by $9K and decreased in other contracted services. The transfer is for more postage and advertising cost to advertise the sale, which is tentatively scheduled for April 21st.

Mayor Greer said this sale is the biggest one in several years and will help out revenue immensely. The taxes on property date back to 2014 and Mayor Greer said hopefully once this sale is completely they can go about getting ready to work on collections for 2015 taxes and get all caught up. Several collections have come in since first notice of the sale went out.

County Receives Tobacco Settlement

Paris, Tenn.- Money was also transferred in the Henry County Health Department to accept a grant from the state of Tennessee as part of the Tennessee Tobacco Settlement Program. This is the third year of the award and the amount is $333,424.69. Of that, $24,832.20 is new money and the other almost $8600 is carryover from Year 1 and 2 of the Settlement.

The money is used for approved projects and purposes that address areas in the overall plan approved by the General Assembly. The areas include stopping smoking during pregnancy, which reduces expensive medical care associated with care for low birth weight babies. Other areas of focus include reduce preschooler’s exposure to second hand smoke and helping 8th graders to not begin smoking.

The Budget Committee also approved transfers for the Airport for office supplies; a transfer from gasoline to freight in the Solid Waste Department to pay for shipping of cardboard to another facility while the county’s baler was down; a transfer in the transportation line item of the General Purpose School Fund to allow the Henry County School system to purchase a 4th bus this fiscal year. In all of these transfers money was moved out of the diesel and/or gasoline line item to help with the transfer. County Mayor Greer said the cheaper gas prices have definitely helped our departments this year and we hope that continues.

Road Board Approves Budget Transfers for Culvert Purchases

Road board members discuss the need for culverts after heavy rains have fell in our area. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Road Board met in regular session on Monday night and approved a budget transfer to purchase more pipe to help begin replacing culverts that have been washed out due to the heavy rainfall the area has seen the last few days.

The budget transfer, also approved at Monday night’s Henry County Budget Committee meeting, moved $25K from diesel fuel and $25K from gasoline line items to pipe to purchase the culverts.

Road Supervisor Ray Norwood said currently due to the rains at least 10-15 roads need some culvert work, but still have some water over them as of Monday night.

The Road Board also approved another round of roadside spraying to be done to help with weed control. Herbi System, a lawn care company out of Bartlett, has sprayed a few rounds attempting to let the highway department save money on mowing and aid in weed control and erosion.

Norwood said areas that have been sprayed, especially thickets, have looked better thanks to the spraying. There have been some complaints to some of the commissioners, but the good seemed to outweigh the bad.

Norwood said they would do two sprayings before the end of the fiscal year on June 30th and money is in the budget for the spraying. Herbi Systems will spray 86 miles of county road at a cost of $58 per mile. Board chairman Bobby Milam said not only will the spraying help defray mowing cost, but eventually when the Bermuda grass takes over, it will force out the weeds and noxious grass and there will be no need to spray anymore. The Bermuda grass also acts as a good erosion control element.

Board Chairman Bobby Milam encouraged commissioners to talk to their state representatives and urge them to vote in favor of a bill in front of the house where excess funds would be delivered back to the county road departments. Milam said Henry County’s portion is estimated at just shy of $1M. Supervisor Ray Norwood said it would be a one-time deal and likely come in state aid money should the bill be passed.

Ground Breaking Held for New Trinity United Methodist Church

Paris, Tenn.- A groundbreaking was held at what will be the future Trinity United Methodist Church on Monday afternoon. The church will be built on the same spot as the original which was destroyed by fire in April of 2015. (Photo Credit: Jon Trosper)

Schwartz Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge

Paris, Tenn.- A former Marine recruiter pleaded guilty to an amended charge of statutory rape Monday in Henry County General Sessions Court. Steven J. Schwartz, age 26, of Dale St. Paris, was arrested back in November and charged with statutory rape by an authority figure. Schwartz was a Marine recruiter at the time of the charge, when he was arrested for allegedly having sexual relations with a teenager he met during the recruiting process. He was indicted for the charge of statuary rape by an authority figure by the Henry County Grand Jury last week, and pled guilty to the lesser, amended charge of statutory rape.

Also in court on Monday, it was agreed to move motion hearings in the trial of Christopher Warren Page, age 28, of Howard Rd., to July 5th at 1pm. Page was charged with First Degree Murder and one count of aggravated child abuse in the death of his infant son back in September 2015. Motions have not been filed as of yet and Page remains in custody.

Woman Charged With 4 Counts of Agg. Assault

Paris, Tenn.- A woman was charged with four counts of aggravated assault and placed on $20K bond after following another man to another residence and holding a gun at people on a porch.

The report at the Henry County Sheriff’s office stated Sgt. Lance Perry and Deputies Blake Jenkins and Brian Davis responded to a residence on Hwy. 140 where a woman in a gray dodge was holding a gun out the window towards people on a front porch of a residence. Once officers arrived they found four people on the front porch and a woman sitting in the driver’s seat of the dodge holding a gun atop the mirror on the driver’s door.

The driver was told several times to put the gun down and finally did. Dep. Davis identified her as Jennifer Blackard, age 38, of 4180 Hwy. 140 and got her to step out of the vehicle. Sgt. Perry and Dep. Jenkins gathered information and according to the report, Blackard observed a vehicle driven by one of the individuals on the porch near her home and said he slowed down and seemed to be driving suspiciously. The individual said he was having engine trouble at the time in the vehicle. After more investigation, Blackard was charged with four counts of aggravated assault and placed on $20K bond.

Two Men Charged After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- Two men were arrested after a traffic stop by Cpl. Eric Long of the Paris Police Department. The report stated Cpl. Long noticed a silver GMC going very slowly and changing speeds. He eventually pulled the vehicle over for doing 15 in a 55mph zone to check on the driver. Three people were in the vehicle and Cpl. Long was assisted on the traffic stop by Sgt. Josh Frey of the PPD and Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver Phayvanh Moultry, age 36, of Lavergne, Tennessee was found to have a suspended driver’s license. Warrants checks were done on the individuals and Robert Todd Cannon, age 35, of Mansfield was found to have warrants in Weakley County. When asked to exit the vehicle, Cpl. Sanders asked Cannon if he had any drugs on him he said all he had was a flashlight. He reached into his crotch area to get the flashlight. Cpl. Sanders unscrewed the flashlight and found a plastic wrapper with a small amount of crystal meth and he was duly charged.

In a separate incident, Trooper Jason Mounts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol charged John Martin Bucy, age 50, of 320 Rabbit Creek Road, with driving on revoked license, possession of meth, and introduction of drugs into a penal institution.

HCHD Releases Update on Road Closures

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department updated their roads closed list Monday morning due to flooding. The following county roads are closed: all of Coleman Branch, Holly Fork; Pettijohn Creek Road past the last house to Haglersville Road, Charlie Wynn Road from Rabbit Creek to V. Williams Road, Whitlock Road at Stewart Rd., New Boston Road-1/2 mile from Jones Bend Road, Guthrie Rd., from Edgar Cemetery Rd. to McIntosh, all of Old Caldwell Rd., Freeland Rd. from Blood River to Carl Chandler Rd., Wagner Rd. still has water on is not passable as well as Gate 3 Rd, still has standing water and is not passable.

March Rains Wreaking Havoc on County Roads

Paris, Tenn.- More rain fell over the weekend after last Thursday's 6-7 inch rainfall event and roads in Henry County are feeling the brunt of the March soaking. Several roads remain flooded and Trooper Jason Mounts of the Tennessee Highway Patrol worked an accident Sunday night where a portion of the roadway on New Boston Road in Cottage Grove had been washed away. Motorists should continue to use caution when driving on roads that are or have been flooded. (Trooper Mounts photo)

Bethel's KJ Queen Has 2nd Biggest Bass

KJ Queen of Bethel, holds up his bass. (Cabela photo)

Buchanan, Tenn.- Throughout a majority of Day 2 of the Cabela Big Bass Bash on Kentucky Lake, KJ Queen's 7.52 largemouth bass held up as the leading overall Big Bass for the event. Though topped by Itawamba Community College Ty Cox's near eight and a half pound bass, Queen was still able to collect valuable Cabela's School of the Year points, a $1000 Cabela's Gift Card for his Day 1 Session 3 win, and an additional $1,000 in Costa Contingency money.   Queen was thrilled with his overall finish as he knows what it takes to be a strong competitor on this lake in particular.  

"We fish this lake pretty often and whenever you have any type of event here, it's going to be a tough one to win, but when you add in all of the best college anglers around, it makes it that much harder, so I'm really happy with how it all turned out and glad my fish stood up against all the other fish brought in," said Queen.

Bethel Team Comes In 2nd In Biggest Bass Bash Cabela Event

Paris, Tenn.- The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series wrapped Sunday with Ty Cox from Itawamba Community College winning the largest overall Big Bass Bash with an 8.35 pounder. Bethel University finished up the first day of the tournament in first place with the biggest bass being caught by KJ Queen with Murray State and University of Tennessee Martin trailing closely behind.

Largest small mouth bass caught in the event  (Barron Robinson photos)

From session one on day two, Tennessee Chattanooga Fishing Team’s Dillon Farlardeau brought in the second bass over seven pounds finishing in first. Session two UT Knoxville and Middle Tennessee State University finished top 5, session three Murray State finished top 5, and session 4 UT Knoxville finished top 5.

Biggest event to date with over 400 Anglers on the water

Bethel University and UT Chattanooga finishing second and third with the biggest bass caught over the weekend.

PLFD Respond To Rollover

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Landing Fire Department reported they were dispatched to the scene of a one vehicle rollover Saturday on Highway 140 East about a mile from Highway 79. The unidentified female driver was transported by Henry County EMS to the hospital. One truck and five firefighters were on the scene for thirty minutes. The Rescue Squad, Henry County Sheriff’s Officers and Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded to the call.

Firefighters Jonathan and Rebecca Flood are pictured washing down the roadway. (PLFD photo)

Marijuana Arrest At Memorial Park

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Paris Police Department Cpl. Eric Long was patrolling the Memorial Park Area when he noticed vehicles parked behind the tennis courts only one of which was empty, the other being occupied by two people, one of them being Ethan Koch age 20 of Henry.

A strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, Long conducted a search of the sedan recovering a sandwich bag containing green plant material that appeared to be marijuana from the glove box area of the vehicle. Koch claiming ownership of the substance in the sandwich bag that weighed approximately 6.7 grams was taken into custody without incident for unlawful possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance. The substance is to be sent to the T.B.I. crime lab for further analysis.

Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series

(Barron Robinson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series at Kentucky Lake in Paris started up Saturday with over 400 registered from over seventy different schools. These teams are working on winning bragging rights and over $25,000 in cash and prizes. This ended up being the largest Cabela’s Collegiate Fishing Series to date.

Day one results on session 4 came out with Murray State in First, University of Tennessee – Martin second, Tennessee Tech third, University of Tennessee – Chattanooga fourth, and Mississippi State in fifth. The biggest catch of the day ended up coming from Bethel with a 7.52 pounder.

Prizes will be awarded for the ten heaviest bass weighed during each of the four weigh sessions. There will also be a prize awarded for the overall heaviest bass weighed for the event.

Local Cited For Marijuana On Routine Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department reported Sgt. Josh Frey made a routine traffic stop for a light law violation on Dunlap Street of a red Chrysler. When the driver Christopher Johnson age 26 of Paris, was asked for his license and insurance he stated that he didn’t have insurance and handed over his license.

Frey then wrote up a citation for not having insurance, when returning to Johnson’s vehicle to have him sign it, a distinct smell of marijuana was in the car and he was asked to step out of the vehicle. When asked about the smell Johnson stated that he had smoked earlier.

When advised that Frey was going to search the car, Johnson then stated that the marijuana was in the center console, after searching a small bag of marijuana was found in the arm rest. Johnson was cited for Simple Possession of Schedule VI drug.

Relay For Life 5th Annual Runway For A Cure Held Friday Night

Miss Tennessee introducing Boutiques (photos by Barron Robinson)

Paris, Tenn.- The Krider Performing Arts Center hosted the Henry County Relay For Life’s 5th Annual Runway for a Cure and a silent auction which drew over two hundred people in attendance Friday night for a great cause. Miss Tennessee Hannah Robison emceed the event telling the story of a cancer survivor close to her and introducing the Boutiques involved.

Local Andrea Lamb with her booth helping support the cause

Runway for a Cure featured the area’s trendiest boutiques and celebrated cancer survivors as Honorary Co-Chairs. In addition to celebrating fashion, information related to research, programs and the mission of the American Cancer Society was featured.

The Boutique Marimac, Queens, Maggie’s and Southern Roots in Paris; Sunshine Boutique and Ruffles and Rednecks in Camden; and The Whispering Tree in Murray were all featured Friday night.

A total of $4,200 was raised at the Runway for a Cure.

Local Arrested on Suspended License

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report at the Paris Police Department Cpl. Jeramye Whitaker stopped a green Toyota van at Twice Daily’s on East Wood Street for a registration violation. The driver, Daniel Carter age 36 of Puryear was unable to produce a license. Carter was arrested for driving on suspended 2nd offense with a $3,000 bond.

Local Arrested On Multiple Charges After Head-On Collision

Paris, Tenn.- A Henry County man remains jailed following a head-on collision on Thursday afternoon with a $50,000 bond.

(Nicki Marr photos)

Andrew Dunmire, age 25 of 1503 North Market Street was arrested at Henry County Medical Center and charged with two counts of Aggravated child abuse and neglect, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, Dunmire was also charged with DUI 1st offense.

Dunmire crossed the center line in his ’98 Ford Explorer, colliding head-on with a ’01 Jeep Cherokee. The passengers of the Explorer, Miranda Suter age 25, Jude Suter age 2, and Adalae Suter, four months old, which overturned; and the driver of the Cherokee, Ronald Ashley age 70 of Buchanan were all transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Miranda was discharged from the emergency room, both the children are in stable condition in the Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital, while Ashley remains in critical condition in the adult trauma unit.


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