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WMUF/WLZK News                                                                          

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


Paris Man Arrested for Leaving Scene

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested following a hit and run accident in the Fresh Market parking lot on E. Wood Street. Paris Police spotted a vehicle that matched the description on N. Brewer Street. The driver. Michael McCullough, age 27, 214 Norman Dr., told Cpl. Daryl Stalls he left the scene because he had no insurance. According to the report, Stalls smelled alcohol and gave McCullough several field sobriety tests, which he failed. McCullough was arrested for DUI first offense, leaving the scene of an accident and lack of financial responsibility. Bond of $1,000 was set.

Revoked License Draws Arrest

Paris, Tenn.-A Paris man was arrested for driving on a revoked license after a traffic stop on Fairview Dr. According to the report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Jamie Myrick spotted Markia Patton, age 27 of 719 W. Blythe St. and knew his license had been revoked for an earlier DUI arrest.

Myrick’s report indicated that Patton began speeding up on Fairview Dr. and Myrick called for backup and Paris Patrolman Dereck Greenhill arrived. When Myrick told Patton why he was being stopped, Patton told him, “I got a restricted license, Bubba” and handed him his ID. But dispatch confirmed that the license had been revoked with no restrictions.

According to the report, Patton began arguing that his attorney had gotten him a restricted license. When Myrick called the owner of the car, she told him she knew Patton’s license had been revoked and he began the process of seizing the vehicle.

Myrick’s report indicated that when he learned the vehicle was to be seized, he became ‘irate and belligerant’ and yelled and cursed for 15-20 minutes. At that point, he said he was hot and not feeling well and requested an ambulance. According to the report, when the ambulance arrived, he refused treatment.

More Fake Bills Passed Locally

Paris, Tenn.-More reports of counterfeit $20 being circulated in Paris are investigated by Paris Police. In the past few days, fake bills were passed at Captain D’s on E. Wood Street, Sonic Drive-in on Tyson Ave. and at a local bank, where fake bills were reported both in the ATM machine and in the main office.


Gas Board Taking Paris Contigent to Natural Gas Vehicle Expo

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Henry County Public Utility District (gas board) met in regular session this week and General Manager Tae Eaton told the board that eight people from Paris and Henry County will be going with members of the district to the Natural Gas Vehicle Expo on April 3rd in Nashville. Eaton said members of McCartney Produce, the Paris Public Works Department, and the Paris Police Department have all decided to send representatives to the expo. Eaton has also sent invitations to the BPU, both school systems and more but hasn’t heard back from them yet as of earlier in the week.

The Natural Gas Vehicle Expo will be held at LP Field and exhibits will include private passenger vehicles, heavy duty commercial vehicles, buses, motorcycles, and unique vehicles. There will be demonstrations and more at the event.

The Paris Henry County Public Utility District has already ordered one Natural Gas Powered truck and Eaton said it will be here next week. Eaton said they bid out wrapping the truck with ads that say powered by Natural Gas and Abbott’s Print Shop won the bid.

The district will also have its own Natural Gas Fuelling station to fuel the truck. Eaton said they’ve already poured the concrete slab and the main pieces they need for it would be here by the end of March and it should be up in April. The district plans on driving the Natural Gas truck in next month’s Fish Fry Parade.

In other business from Tuesday’s gas board meeting they approved change orders for the Gas Main extension project for additional footage and bores of lines. The cost was just over $4400. The board also agreed to pay the final payment on the project to Natural Gas Services for Gas Main Extension in the amount of $50,759.45. The board also approved a payment of $25,411 for Engineering services for the highway 641 relocation project.

Eaton told board members the Tennessee Regulatory Authority will be down April 10-12 for a very comprehensive inspection. They will make sure all paperwork is done among many other things during those days. Eaton told the board earlier in the meeting that all the annual reports mandated by the Federal Government had been completed and filed by the district.

Shooting Victim Dies

Nashville, Tenn.-One of the victims of last week's triple shooting in rural Puryear has died in a Nashville hospital.

Virginia Baxter, 66, died at 4:43 p.m. Wednesday after lapsing into critical condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she was airlifted following the shootings at 5225 Foundry Hill Rd.

John Baxter, 72, shot his wife, Virginia, and daughter Kathryn O'Loughlin, 47, before turning the gun on himself. Baxter was dead at the scene when multiple law enforcement agencies arrived.

According to Investigator Gary Vandiver with the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Baxter shot his wife first and then his daughter in the midst of the domestic dispute.

Vandiver had told WMUF Wednesday that she had taken a turn for the worse and was now listed in critical condition. But Sheriff Monte Belew said this morning that the sheriff's office had since received a call from the medical examiner today informing them that Baxter had died.

Virginia Baxter was first transported to Henry County Medical Center and then airlifted to Vanderbilt. O'Loughlin was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt.

O'Loughlin remains in stable condition in Vanderbilt.

Another Counterfeit $20 at Paris Business

Paris, Tenn. A report at the Paris Police Department stated another counter $20 turned up Wednesday at Sonic. Ptl. Amanda Forrest responded and the man who tried to pay for his food with the counterfeit $20 said he got it from Copeland’s Metals as he had recently turned in some scrap metal there. Paris Police have been investigating several reports over counterfeit money in the area for the past two weeks and continue to investigate what’s going on.

in a separate incident, Sgt. Jamie Myrick of the Henry County Sheriff’s observed Matthew S. Palmer, age 29 of 1202 Lone Oak, driving past him on East Wood Street. Myrick knew that Palmer was wanted on warrants out of Weakley County. Myrick pulled him over and arrested him for the warrants. He also charged him with driving on a suspended license.

Senior Director Loves Coming to Work Every Day

Office on Aging Provides Many Services

Office on Aging Director Kayla Wallace Marr looks over paperwork. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

By Shannon McFarlin

Paris, Tenn.-A year in the job as Director of the Henry County Office on Aging, Kayla Wallace Marr is excited about coming to work every day.

“There’s something new going on here every day,” Marr said. “It’s almost like running a high school, with all that’s going on. People in the public may think of a senior center as stagnant, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The people we have here are always on the go, full of energy. It’s hard for me to keep up with them.”

Marr said there never is a dull moment with the job, but the best part are the quiet moments and conversations with the seniors. “There’s always someone to talk to here,” she said. “I’ve learned so much from the people who come here. They have so much knowledge and wisdom. I could listen to their stories every day.”

On any given day it’s easy to see why Marr enjoys her job so much. There is plenty of activity ongoing at the center, which is located at the Central Services building on Jones Bend Rd.

But Marr had plenty of background with the center before she was promoted to director: she had worked three years as service coordinator, which is essentially assistant director and was named interim director in December of 2011.

As service coordinator, Marr already ran the homemaker program, did home assessments, prepared the center calendars and reports and ran a lot of the day-to-day operations for the office, so it was a rather seamless transition to becoming director.

Anytime you stop by the center, there always are people there, just relaxing, socializing or waiting for the various activities to begin. Congregate lunches are served at the center every day at 11 a.m.; line dancing is taught at 10 a.m. every Wednesday; bingo is played at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and cards are played from Mondays through Thursdays at 10 a.m. The Central Services building also is big enough to accommodate walkers who get their daily exercise by walking up and down the halls.

The center contains a main spot to congregate, filled with easy chairs and couches, Wii equipment, exercise equipment, a television, lending library and kitchenette.

The center also takes trips once a month, on Fridays, and in the past have gone to Patti’s 1880 Settlement in Grand Rivers, Ky; Lambert’s Restaurant in Sikeston, Mo.; the Renaissance Center in Dickson, the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwalk and other spots.

“We’re partnering with other counties now so that we can go on longer trips,” Marr said. “We’re looking at a five-night say to North and South Carolina.”

In another partnership with the county’s UT Extension office, the center also will be participating in more educational classes, such as dining with diabetes and T’ai Chi.

With Volunteer Bob McGrath at the helm, the center continues its essential telephone reassurance program. With that program, shut-ins and other members are called regularly to make sure they are all right.

Two young ladies work for the homemaker program, in which light housekeeping is performed for clients.

The Meals on Wheels program delivers daily meals to some 30 people within the city limits and 25-30 people who live outside the city. “We are always looking for more volunteers to help with that program,” Marr said.

The congregate meals serve anywhere from 40-70 people daily, which is funded by the Northwest Nutrition program. Deb Snow is coordinator for that, as well as serving as the center services coordinator.

Other projects overseen by the center include the Christmas Salvation Army Angel Tree program for senior citizens. “We deliver gifts to people who have no family and to the nursing homes, too,” Marr said.

Two other seasonal projects keep them busy, too. The fan drive in which the center partnered with Pepper’s to collect some 200 fans that were handed out last summer. “We plan to do that again this year, too,” she said. And a heater drive in which the center partnered with Tennessee Valley Community Church to collect space heaters for people without adequate heat.

The center also has been a big supporter of the Senior Olympics, which beginning this year will be held in October instead of in the summer.

Blood pressure checks are given at the center the first and third Tuesday of each month by the Henry County Medical Center employees.

“The main focus of the center is social,” Marr said. “That was the vision that Charles Conger had when he started it. It’s a place to stay healthy and keep going, making friends, just hanging out.”

The center can be contacted at 642-2919.

Renaissance Easter Show is set for Sunday, March 24

McKenzie, Tenn.- “We Shall See Jesus” a Renaissance Easter Celebration will take place at Bouldin Auditorium on campus at Bethel University at 6:30 p.m. March 24. Admission is free. The show will feature the Renaissance Choir as well as Vocal Authority, The Bethel Bluegrass Band, and The Renaissance Gospel Quartet.

The Renaissance program at Bethel University is a unique, high energy extra curricular program designed to offer substantial scholarships to performers, as well as give them the opportunity to perform all over the world. Consisting of three core programs-Vocal, Theatrical, and Instrumental-Renaissance attracts a wide variety of talented students.

For more information on the show please contact the Renaissance Office (731) 393-0405 ex. 202.


Grove Reunion Again Open to All "Blue Devils"

Paris, Tenn.-The Grove Class of 1952 is sponsoring the second "get together" for ALL Grove High Classes. In addition to the 61st Reunion of the Class of 1952, there will be a gathering for all classes at Lee School.

The reunion for all classes will be: Saturday, June 8, 2013. We will hold the 2nd Annual All Grove Open House at Lee School from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Grove Class of 1952 - 61st Reunion will be on Friday, June 7, 2013. Everyone will meet at 6 p.m. at the Paris Landing State Park Hotel Restaurant for a dutch treat dinner.

You can get full details and updates as they appear at the Grove web site by using this LINK:


The reunion committee would like all who can attend to email the Grove site, at ewgrove1@frontier.com or ewgrove@ewgrove.com and let us know you will attend. Please indicate your Class year. We will add you to the list, on the web site, of those planning to attend.

Advanced Digital Photography Course Offered at UT Martin

Marin, Tenn. – A course for persons wanting to be more creative with their digital photography skills is being offered from 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesdays, April 2-23, at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

This course is designed as a follow-up course for the Photography I course but is open to anyone who is already thoroughly familiar with digital photography. Participants should be comfortable with and understand the manual operation of their camera.

This is primarily a “shooting” course where participants will learn the more advanced skills of photography, such as night photography, flower, fine art and macro photography, as well as landscape and portrait work. The creative use of filters, tripods, multiple lenses, flash photography, and more will be discussed.

Dr. Tom Gallien will instruct the course. Gallien, a dentist in Martin, has more than 40 years of photographic experience and studied under the personal supervision of several professional photographers. Those interested may view a limited number of his images at www.molliebiscuit.com.

All participants are required to bring a tripod, a notepad and their camera’s instruction manual to the first class.

The registration fee for the course will be $125. This course is sponsored by the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies and will be held on the main campus. An exact location will be given upon registration.

To register for the course, contact ECOS at 731-881-7082 or register online at http://www.utm.edu/departments/ecce/nondegree/home.php.

West Tennessee Day of Percussion is at Bethel on Saturday

McKenzie, Tenn. – Bethel University is hosting the 2013 West Tennessee Day of Percussion this Saturday, March 23 at the Marrs-Stockton Music Building on its McKenzie campus. All performers, educators, enthusiasts, and the curious are welcome to attend the DoP hosted by Bethel. A $5 admission will gain individuals access to some of the best percussion events, including a full audience participation drum circle! All kinds of free door prizes will be given away all day. Special guest is B. Michael Williams, world percussionist. Contact Dr. Josh Smith at 731-352-6724, if your Middle School or High School percussion duo, trio, or quartet is interested in performing.

Library to Hold Kindle Class

Paris, Tenn.-Shelton Maye will hold a Kindle Class at the Library on April 10 from 9:30 to 11:30. Limit 10 people. Please call library to sign up at 642-1702.

Pre-School Story Hour Cancelled Next Week

Paris, Tenn.-No Pre School Story Hour at the Library on March 28 due to Spring Break, according to Library Director Connie McSwain.

BPU Continues Repair Work on Water Main Break

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities experienced an 8-inch water main break on Lone Oak Road Monday evening. Crews searched for the leak most of the night before locating it early Tuesday morning because storm waters had hindered the search and the leak was found in a creek full of water from Sunday’s rain.

Repair work on the water main break continues Thursday and BPU water system levels reached an all time low during the main break. Supervisor of Water and Wastewater Terry Wimberly noted that some BPU customers, as well as some South Paris Water customers, experienced low water pressure and or discoloured water during this time. Wimberly says if discoloration remains run the facet until water clears up. If after running the facet awhile discoloration still remains call and report it to the BPU at 642-1322.

General manager of the BPU John Etheridge said “I appreciate the dedication and hard work of the BPU water and wastewater employees who worked through the night to avoid a complete shutdown of the water system. We also appreciate your patience through this unfortunate event.”

Three Vehicle Accident Kills Camden Woman, Injures Paris Woman

Springville, Tenn.- A three vehicle accident on Highway 641 S. claimed the life of a Camden woman Wednesday morning and injured a Paris woman who was lifeflighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center. Glenda J. Elendt, age 44 of Camden, was killed as a result of the accident and Angel D. Schnepper, age 45 of Paris was lifeflighted and remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt as Wednesday afternoon.

According to the fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol office in Jackson the vehicle driven by Elendt was travelling northbound on highway 641 and crossed into the southbound lane. It struck a tractor trailer driven by Michael Wood, age 54 of White Plains, Ky. The tractor trailer continued to travel north in the southbound land and Elendt’s vehicle collided head-on with the third vehicle, driven by Schnepper. The driver of the tractor trailer wasn’t hurt in the accident.
The accident occurred just after 6:30 am Wednesday morning and caused traffic delays for many motorists for a lengthy time.

City of Paris to Participate in Benchmarking Program

Paris, Tenn.- The city of Paris will participate in the Tennessee Municipal Benchmarking program over the next few weeks and months. The program, patterned after similar programs in private industry, is intended to aid cities in establishing realistic goals or benchmarks for various departments. The program collects relevant data from a number of participating cities, analyses it and makes adjustments for variables and publishes the comparative data.

The process aids cities in establishing benchmarks for services and allows them to consider the best practices of other cities, hopefully leading to reduction in cost and more efficient services.

City Manager Carl Holder said “The initial data collection will be a pain, but once our department heads review the comparative data they can view their operations from a different perspective.”

Finance Director Kim Foster added, “This is going to be a challenging program.

While the program coordinators insist that you should avoid the tendency to see the process as a competition, in favor of developing your own report card, I do believe our department heads will accept it as a challenge to consistently improve.

Let The Madness Begin

March Madness will be in full swing Thursday and Friday with games from 11am to 11pm as the NCAA tournament cranks up. We will broadcast the games on WRQR 97.5FM and AM 1000 throughout the tournament until a champion is crowned April 8th.

First Day of Spring Brings Colder Weather

Paris, Tenn.-It may not feel like it outside, but today is actually the first day of Spring. Henry County has been blooming with early flowers the past few weeks, as shown with this view of a tulip tree in front of the home of former Governor Thomas Rye (now owned by Dr. Jeffrey Fletcher) on N. Poplar Street. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Sheriff's Department Conducts Seat Belt Safety Stops at High School

School Resource Officer Sgt. Buford Taylor with HCHS Senior Rachel Green.

Paris, Tenn.-Deputies from the Sheriff's Office handed out brochures with traffic safety information on the importance of seat belts at the Henry County High School Wednesday morning. Sheriff Monte Belew said deputies were at all the entrances to the school handing out the brochures, as well as information about the text a tip program.

"We also gave them information on the importance of not texting while driving," Belew said. Attached to each brochure was a numbered ticket which gave students that were wearing their seat belts a chance to win prizes like an iPod shuffle or Wal-Mart gift cards. Two iPod shuffles and three $50 gift cards were given out.


Parker is New Editor of Paris! Magazine

New Paris! magazine editor Smantha Parker, right, is pictured with founding editor Susan Jones.

Paris, Tenn.-The Spring issue of Paris! magazine is now available and with it comes the formal announcement that Smantha Parker is the new editor of the magazine.

Founding Editor Susan Jones had announced that the Holiday 2012 issue would be her last issue at the helm of the magazine. The new issue is Parker's first as editor, an experience which she said has both "thrilled and humbled" her.

Parker and her husband Kyle own Coast to Coast Tinting and have two daughters, Savannah and Addy Kate.

The latest issue features articles on the night the Flying Wallendas performed in Paris; the one and only female sheriff ever to serve in Henry County; how various landmarks in Paris got their names; the Civil War battle of Paris, and the history of Grace Church. It also includes articles on an upcoming storytelling event and a feature on how local children feel about the upcoming World's Biggest Fish Fry.


Paris Teen Still Missing

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are still 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 Lt. Tom Lankford said Tuesday afternoon that none of the girl's relatives have heard from her.

"There are rumors that she may have run off to Texas," Lankford said, "but we have nothing definite. We continue to search for her and we continue to hope for the best."

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.

Great Pretenders' Tickets on Sale for Weekend Performances

Paris, Tenn.- An annual tradition will come to the Krider Performing Arts Center this Friday and Saturday night as the “Great Pretenders” will grace the stage.

On Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, the show, with both lip synced and live acts, will perform to raise funds for the Paris and Henry County Healthcare Foundation. The Healthcare Foundation funds and supports numerous health-related projects in our surrounding area. Tickets are $8 in advance and are on sale at the HCMC Pink Petal Gift Shop, any Commercial Bank location, any First Bank location, My Favorite Things, and from cast members or Healthcare Foundation board members. Tickets will be $10 at the door for each 7 p.m. performance.

Rik Morgan of Morgan Entertainment will be coordinating the show again this year. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. and seating is first come, first serve. Concessions will also be served, so come hungry and ready to enjoy a great evening of laughs and talent.

New acts this year include “The Jiggling Geriatrics’ Evolution of Dance”; a real mind-boggler. Returning will be a ‘new Michael Jackson’ and the “Thriller” Gang. Ike and Tina Turner will be on hand to perform as well with a special “Tiny Dancers” performance.



PSSD Finalizes Deal with Sheriff's Department for SROs

City of Paris, PSSD to make annual payments to HCSO

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s meeting, Superintendent Mike Brown was pleased to report to the Paris Special School District board of education that an agreement has been reached for providing school resource officers to the schools full time starting in the fall.

Brown said after many discussions with all the parties involved the plan is for Inman, Paris Elementary, and Rhea Elementary to be staffed with SROs from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department starting in August. The PSSD will pay the sheriff’s department $54K and the city of Paris will $18,600 the first year and then small incremental increases after that.

Brown told the board this allows one jurisdiction, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office to be in control of School Resources Officers across the county. It also allows PSSD to be involved in the selection process. The PSSD will also work with the HCSD to provide allowances for uniforms. Brown said they will work on uniforms that will identify the officers as an officer and member of the PSSD staff.

Board Chairman Richard Edwards thanked city manager Carl Holder and Paris Police Chief Charles Elizondo who was in attendance, and Sheriff Monte Belew, who wasn’t in attendance, for working with the PSSD on providing SROs. Edwards said what the city and Paris Police Department have done since school started this semester has been wonderful for the students and staff and many parents and grandparents have had nothing but positive comments. Other board members echoed his statement saying the response in the community had been overwhelmingly positive.

In other business, Edwards also said all 7 evaluations for Superintendent Mike Brown had come back and in every category on the evaluation form, Brown went above or significantly exceeded expectations. The evaluation is something done every year with forms used from the TSBA.

The board also approved new textbooks for reading for next year and were reminded that in April’s board meeting they will be electing officers for the next year.

PSSD Approves 2013-14 Calendar

Start Date Aug. 8th, School Ends May 22nd

The Paris Special School District board of education approved the school calendar for the 2013-14 school year at its meeting Tuesday night. Superintendent Mike Brown said 87% of the staff surveyed liked the calendar that was presented to the board.

After some discussion a slight tweak was made to the school start date in the fall for the PSSD. Originally they had starting for a half day on Wednesday August 7th but since Fair Day was Thursday August 8th, they decided to move to start then instead. This allows students to be able to go the fair after school lets out around lunchtime that day. By doing this, it moved the last day of the first semester back to an abbreviated day on December 20th instead of the 19th. The Henry County School System approved their calendar at their meeting earlier this month. They will also get out on December 20th, but they start Tuesday August 13th.

Holidays for the PSSD are the same as the Henry County School System and include Monday September 2nd for Labor Day, Thursday and Friday October 17-18 for Fall Break, November 27-29th for Thanksgiving break, December 23-January 6th for Christmas Break, January 20th for MLK day, February 17th for Presidents’ Day, March 24th-28th for Spring Break in 2014, April 18th for Good Friday in 2014, and April 25th for Fish Fry next year. The last day of school for students in the PSSD will be Thursday May 22nd, 2014 with report cards mailed out on the 24th.

The only differences with the county school system is the county will start on August 13th and get out after Memorial Day for the year. That also changes the TCAP testing window. Since the PSSD starts earlier they will be taking TCAP April 28th-May 2nd, which is the week after Fish Fry in 2014. The HCSS will take TCAP test May 5th thru 9th.

Puppy Mill Case Trial Continued; Next Hearing is April 8

Some of the dogs being cared for at the sheriff's office shelter that were seized in the Kidd case. (Shannon McFarlin photo).


Paris, Tenn.-At the conclusion of a motions hearing Monday in Henry County Circuit Court, Judge Donald Parish continued the animal cruelty case against Cheryl Kidd, 68, 1749 Perkins Rd., Puryear, to April 8.

Kidd was charged with cruelty to animals and allowing dogs to run at large after deputies were called to her home earlier this year and found numerous small breed canines and puppies allegedly living with no shelter or fresh water. Some 30 dogs were seized and are being cared for at the Henry County Sheriff's Office animal shelter.

A trial had been set in the case for March 28, but a hearing on motions that Kidd filed will be held instead.

On Friday, Kidd filed motionsthat include: a motion to suppress evidence due to the exclusionary rule of the 4th Amendment, a motion to suprress evidence due to selective enforcement of officers; and a motion citing malicious prosecution. She also fazed a request for "all" police reports that have been filed in the case.

Kidd is representing herself in the matter and Judge Parish admonished her on the "great need" to heed the court's scheduling order and to find an attorney.

Kidd indicated she does not wish for the court to appoint an attorney for her but that she will continue to seek legal counsel.

Adoptions of the dogs and puppies that were seized is being held up awaiting the outcome of the case. There is a waiting list of people wanting to adopt the canines.


Tour de Paris Landing Sponsors Sought

Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Landing Tourism League (PLTL) is looking for sponsors for the 2013 Tour de Paris Landing which is expected to be the most exciting bicycle road race of West and Middle Tennessee. The race will be challenging and will feature terrain in both Henry and Stewart Counties and downtown Paris. 350 cyclists are expected to participate in the this race which will be the first in a five year plan.

Sponsorship packages start for as little as $250 and are a great way for local businesses and cycling enthusiasts to show their support. Details are available on our website at

http://visitparislanding.blogspot.com/2013/03/be-sponsor-for-tour-de-paris-landing.html or you may contact PLTL President Sara Johnson at 731-819-6362 or by email at visitparislanding@yahoo.com.

Phillips to Speak at GOP Women Meet

Paris, Tenn.-Elizabeth Phillips, better known as "Betsy, has recently retired back to Henry County, and will be Phillips will be speaking at the monthly meeting of the Paris/Henry County Republican Women on March 20 at 11:30 am at Ace's Pizza, 1516 East Wood Street in Paris.

In February 1985, Phillips became a Professional Staff member on the Committee on Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives. During this time period, she served in various capacities of increasing responsibility on the Committee.  Phillips was Clerk and Staff Director for the House Appropriations Committee select intelligence Oversight Panel. The Panel was established by the 110th Congress as a separate entity within the Defense Subcommittee. Ms 

In June of 2007-July 2008 she became the Director of the Office of Joint Strategic Planning and Assessment for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. This position, unique to the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, required the development of a broad range of critical strategic planning and assessment efforts in support of the Ambassador and senior Embassy and military officials. She stepped into the private sector in May 2012. Betsy expanded her consulting practice as President of Old Town Creek Consulting, an independent consulting firm with a presence in Washington, DC. The company provides strategic counsel and advice to a small number of clients with respect to advocacy and outreach to the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government.

Ms Phillips was born Elizabeth Place in Michigan. She married her husband, Garry Phillips, a native of Henry County, in 1985 and the couple bought land and later built a home in Como, outside of Paris in Henry County..


Masquerade Jewelry Sale Begins Thursday

Paris, Tenn.-The Masquerade™ Experience the Frenzy will be back again just in time for Easter and Mother’s Day. The two-day event is set for Thursday and Friday, March 21 and 22.

The company caters only to hospital auxiliary groups across the south and they are experts at showcasing large volumes of accessories, making a win-win proposal to all involved. Masquerade will have many new items in stock this year including purses, wallets, jewelry, scarves, key chains, college sports memorabilia, and more.

The sale will be held in HCMC Classrooms 2 & 3. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted and 20% of all sales go to the hospital’s Auxiliary.

“In years past, we have made over $4,000 at each sale, which helps us when we are ready to give our scholarships to those seeking a career in health care,” according to Joan Shankle, Treasurer and Gift Shop Manager of the HCMC Auxiliary. “These well attended sales have afforded the Auxiliary the opportunity to give more than one scholarship each year. Our scholarship applications are already in the HCHS Guidance Counselor’s office for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.”

This is the primary fundraiser sponsored by the Auxiliary at HCMC. All other monies are collected from sales at the Pink Petal Gift shop, a profitable endeavor, manned by several volunteers each week. The shop is open during the week from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“This event has grown so much that we have people asking us when the next one will be, just about as soon as the last one is closed,” Becky Hedges, Volunteer Coordinator, said.


Henry County Commission Votes to Oppose School Vouchers

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in regular session on Monday evening and after some discussion, voted in favor of a resolution which opposes legislation to create a school voucher program in Tennessee.

Henry County Mayor Brent Greer explained that there is a current pilot program the governor has in place looking at vouchers which would allow taxpayer dollars to be used to pay tuition for public school students to attend private and religious schools. The state legislature is likely to take up the general voucher program in session this year and this resolution passed by the Henry County Commission Monday night was approved by the County Mayors Association and also presented originally by the County Commissioners Association.

Many commissioners expressed concern over the voucher program in rural counties such as Henry and many in Northwest Tennessee. Commissioner David Webb, also an employee of the school system, said he felt this is “putting the cart before the horse so to speak and a voucher program would be detrimental to Henry County and our area.”

The commission voted 14-1 in favor of the resolution opposing school vouchers with Commissioner Paul Neal electing to pass on the resolution.

County Commission Sees Spirit of America Presentation

County Commissioners watch a short video

on the Spirit of America program that teaches

7th graders about water safety. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry county commission also watched a short video on the Spirit of America program which the county started taking part of last year, which deals with teaching 7th graders boating and water safety. The program is administered thru the University of Tennessee and the Water Safety Congress and Mayor Greer explained that the county had received about $100K worth of boats and apparatus to assist in the program.

After the video, Vicki Jo Valentine, project coordinator at Hazelwood Every Child Outdoor Center said they plan on holding two sessions in June for the Spirit of America water safety program that would serve about 30 kids each. Valentine said it’s a great program that gives students the opportunity to be on one of the county’s best resources, Kentucky Lake.

Valentine speaks to the commission about needing volunteers for

the program Hazelwood will have in June.

Valentine said the program needs many volunteers to make it happen this summer including instructors to teach how to operate a sailboat and a john boat. Volunteers would go thru training and it would be a two day event. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Hazelwood.

Garbage Rates To Increase 2% April 1st for County Residents

In other business on Monday evening, the county commission approved a new contract with Barker Brothers Waste Management for garbage pick services. Citizens will see a 2% increase in the price starting April 1. The cost in the residential rate will increase 31 cents per month plus a guaranteed fuel charge of $1.20. The total residential bill should be $17.06.

Commissioner Dan Paschall spoke up saying the county should bid this service out to try to get cheaper rates. Mayor Greer said Barker Brothers hasn’t gone up in rates since 2010 and the county is required to offer a service of garbage pickup to citizens by state law. Citizens do not have to participate in the residential pickup thru Barker Brothers and as commissioner Pascall Eluded to, many use independent contractors for their garbage pick up.

The commission also held their election for first district constable. Jason McCord had been the only person who showed interest in the position. The county commission elected McCord unanimously to serve as constable. The commission also reaffirmed the nominating committee’s decision to appoint Mary Nell Grooms as a member of the board of zoning appeals.

911 Board Hears Updates on Building Renovations

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met on Monday evening and heard construction updates from Scott Stephens of S & G Stephens Construction on the renovations of what will be the Henry County Communications Building.

He told board members that everything has been progressing well with the renovations on the building, located where the old Reeves Drapery business was years ago. The asbestos flooring has been removed and the plumbing and ductwork are all basically in. The blockwork has been completed and the concrete for the most part has also been poured.

Stephens said the roof is on and the metal work and gutters is all that is lacked there and should be done this week. He told the board so far there have been no major changes or issues during the process and he would have a better idea of the time frame of completion next month.

Monitors at Dispatch Watching Over PSSD Schools

More from the 911 board meeting on Monday evening saw director Mark Archer explain that the monitoring system project with the BPU, 911, and Paris Special School District was up and running with two monitors in dispatch that keeps eyes on the schools in the PSSD. Chairman of the 911 board John Etheridge said this has been a true partnership with BPU providing the fiber, dispatchers taking on extra duty of monitoring the schools, and 911 buying the equipment. Archer explained plans are in the works to do the same thing with the county schools in the near future.

The 911 board also accepted the proposal from EMA director Ron Watkins to use almost $15,900 in grant money from Homeland Security to purchase computers to enhance the GIS Mapping capabilities for the Paris Police and Henry County Sheriff’s Office while their in the field. The money will be used to purchase the 911 Verizon computer mobile mapping project. It will allow officers to check license plates from the field with tablets in their patrol cars along with be able to pinpoint the location of calls and more.

Paris Police Chief Charles Elizondo and Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew were on board with the project and excited for the opportunity for their officers to use the equipment.

911 Discusses Selling Land on Hwy. 218

The board also briefly discussed selling land on highway 218 they purchased about two and half years ago. The board bought 7.7 acres of land from DANA in September of 2010 for the purpose of building a 911 facility in the area. Since then, they’ve decided to go another route and renovate the Reeves Drapery building for the admin offices. Director of 911 Mark Archer said they didn’t have much in the land, and had minimal annual cost so it could be sold.

Other board members suggested it might be a good idea just to keep the land right now since the cost to maintain is minimal. The board asked attorney Chip McClean to check on the legalities of declaring it surplus or how to deal with other government agencies that might be interested in the land. They will discuss this at their next meeting.

Sheriff's Office Arrests Man After Threats Made

Paris, Tenn.- Deputy Milton Webb of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic violence situation on Cadenhead Drive where victims were threatened by Jerry Wayne Patterson, who is one of the victims son. The report at the sheriff’s office stated that Patterson had come to pick up something and got there to find someone else had picked it up. He then became irate and threatened to kill the residences and burn the house down.

The report also stated Patterson had gone to his car and retrieved a can of lighter fluid, but the homeowner, fearing for what Patterson might do, retrieved his gun and told Patterson to leave. Other deputies spotted the car Patterson had left in and arrested him for his actions.

Man Charged in Two Separate Incidents by Different Agencies

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. Dennis Vaughn of the Henry County Sheriff's Office and other deputies responded to a call at Girl Scout Camp Road this weekend  at which a man and woman had a gun pulled on them by the woman’s father. The two victims were dating and after the father, Jean P. Harville, lost his car keys, he become irate when they wouldn’t help him find them. The man who was dating Harville’s daughter was going to leave to avoid any issues and by the time the two of them walked out to the car; Harville had drawn a gun on them and told them to get back in the house. Officers arrived and arrested Harville on one aggravated assault charge and one domestic aggravated assault charge following his actions of pointing the gun on the victims.

In a separate incident, Harville was charged by Paris Police for leaving the scene of an accident this weekend. A report a the Paris Police Department stated a call came in about a maroon truck on its side and a male leaving the scene of the accident. The tags came back to Jean Harville. Attempts to contact him about the vehicle were unsuccessful. He eventually showed up at the Paris Police Department saying he walked to his daughters house and she brought him to the police to file the report. Ptl. Amanda Forrest told him he was being charged with leaving the scene of an accident for his untimely reporting of the incident.

Line Dancing Classes Available at Office on Aging

Paris, Tenn.-On any given Wednesday, you're likely to find local seniors dancing the morning away--line dancing, that is. Line dancing classes are one of many activities and services provided by the Henry County Office on Aging at the Central Services Building on Jones Bend Rd. The line dancing classes are given at 10 a.m. each Wednesday. (Shannon McFarlin photo).

Counterfeit Bills Continue to Plague Local Area

Paris, Tenn.-Local businesses and the general public continue to be plagued by the counterfeit $20 bills that are being passed locally.

Paris Police were called to several more businesses over the past few days on reports of the fake bills.

Officers were called to Pocket’s convenience store at 901 Mineral Wells Ave. on Saturday afternoon on a report that a man tried to pay for gas with a fake $20 bill. When he was told it was fake, it went back outside and came back in with a real one. Another customer showed the clerk a $20 bill and asked if that was fake and she said yes. Both men asked for the fake bills back, but she kept them for the police to collect.

When police arrived, they asked the men how they came to have two fake bills. One said he was paid by his landlord for doing odd jobs and the other said his came from another source.

Officers were called to Pockets again that night on a report that the clerk found another fake bill when she checked the cash box at the end of her shift.

Officers were also called to Cash Express at 414 Tyson Ave. on a report that after employees made their daily deposit, they were called by a local bank which advised them that one of the bills they deposited was fake.

And at Swifty’s gas station at 1005 Mineral Wells Ave., an employee called to report that a passerby had come in with a $20 and asked him if it was fake. The employee examined it and said yes. The passerby told him he had found it on the ground outside of the Eagle’s convenience store on E. Wood Street.


Police Investigate Theft

Paris Police also are investigating a theft of several items from a rental property on N. Highland Street. The owner said he had not been to the property since the beginning of the year and found one door open and another forced open and several items missing. Items included a stove, washer, dryer, freezer, refrigerator, a bottle-type old Coke machine, toolboxes and tools, two mattresses, a light fixture and numerous cooking pans.


Glover awarded Sigma Xi Excellence Award

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Medical Center and HCMC’s Home Health and Hospice has announced that Ben Glover, who has his doctorate in Physical Therapy, was awarded the Sigma Xi Excellence in Allied Student Research Award.

The research was a three-year project with a University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physical Therapy program professor, Mitzi Zeno, and five other student physical therapists. Their names are Jessica Richardson, Joanna Caldarulo, Shelley Tucker, Kathryn Parker, and Aaron Lawson.

“We were all extremely proud of the accomplishment, as we had worked very hard on the research project for a long time,” Glover said. “It's a great honor to have been a recipient of this award, and I feel the research will help to benefit future research and improve therapy outcomes with patients with Parkinson's disease.”

Glover’s year-long thesis, “The Wii Effectiveness in Improving Balance in Subjects with Parkinson’s Disease,” demonstrated that Parkinson’s disease patients using the Wii showed improvement with balance.

Glover is a Physical Therapist for Henry County Medical Center Home Health. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and began working at HCMC Home Health in June 2012. He also works at the HCMC Center for Wellness and Rehabilitation on Kelley Drive in Paris.

Glover was born and raised in Paris. His parents are Wyatt and Kathy Glover, and he has a sister, Katy Beth. He lives in Paris with his wife, Kayla. They have one child, Addi Mae

Diabetic Eye Disease Seminar Set

Paris, Tenn.-A free seminar on diabetic eye disease will be held at Henry County Medical Center at noon, Wednesday, March 20. Lunch is provided beginning at 11:30. The event is free, but they ask that you donate a used book for the Lake Haven Center. Pre-register by calling 644-3463.


Spring Turkey Hunting on the Refuge

Springville, Tenn.-Both Tennessee and Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge will be open for turkey hunting during statewide season. Turkey season is March 30-May 12.

The bag limit on the refuge for this hunt coincides with statewide bag limits. Calling or attempting to call turkeys on the refuge is prohibited from March 1 until the opening of turkey season. Turkeys taken on the refuge are part of the statewide bag limit.

To hunt on the refuge you must have appropriate state licenses and a Refuge Annual Hunting Permit at a charge of $15.00. These permits can be purchased at sporting goods stores where TWRA licenses are sold using code 064. Hunt brochures can be picked up at the Paris headquarters, Cross Creeks Visitor Center and at information kiosks located at the V.L. Childs Observation Deck and at the main entrance to the Duck River bottoms, or local businesses near the refuge.

DPA Float Wins Honorable Mention at Erin's St. Patty's Day Parade

Paris, Tenn.-The Downtown Paris Association (DPA) float won Honorable Mention at the St. Patrick's Day parade in Erin Saturday morning. DPA President Kathy Ray is in top photo with the float after the parade, during a visit from General Ulysses S. Grant and several Union soldiers. Ray said Confederate soldiers also were included in the parade route, as was St. Patrick himself. According to The Stewart-Houston Times, some 20,000 people enjoyed today's parade. (Larry Ray photo).

It's All About the Legos! Lego League Holds First Session

Paris, Tenn.-Kolby Nation and Logan Lacy, top photo, were among numerous youngsters on hand at the W.G. Rhea Public Library Saturday morning for its first meeting of the Legos League. Nation and Lacy were Legos assistants, helping to set everything up for the first session. The League will meet regularly at the library once a month. The next two sessions are April 20 and May 18, from 10-11:30 a.m.   In bottom photo, a group of youngsters enjoy listening to Kayla Nation reading transportation-themed stories. (Shannon McFarlin photos).


Artists: Make Plans for Arts Showcase in April

Paris, Tenn.-Plans are underway for the 28th Annual Arts Showcase sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Wieck and the Paris Henry County Arts Council. The show will be opened with a reception on Sunday April 7 at 2 pm at W. G. Rhea Library, 400 W. Washington St., Paris. The show will run from Sunday April 7 through Thursday, May 2..

There are also cash awards and ribbons for the winners. For further information, rules and entry forms go to www.phcarts.com. The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 4.


Deputies Investigate Vandalism

Paris, Tenn.-Deputies are investigating vandalism to a Caterpillar dozer owned by a local company that had been left on Cay Lawrence Rd. The owner of the dozer said he had been unable to use the dozer for several weeks due to weather conditions and when he returned to pick it up he noticed that someone had cut holes in the seat and carved on the decals on the rear of the equipment.

The owner of the property said he had seen two juveniles on the property and asked them to leave. When he drove back by 30 minutes later, he saw they were still there. When he started to drive on the property, they ran into the woods.

The vandals did $1,000 worth of damage to the dozer.


Theft From Back Porch Investigated

Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police are investigating a report of theft of wheels and tires from a back porch on Curtis Street. The owner said the theft occurred between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and that he had left the wheels and tires for his truck on the porch. They are 20 inch wheels of black and silver color with Michelin tires mounted on them. They are valued at $1800.


More Arrests Made at Drug Sweep

Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputies made two more arrests at the drug sweep at the high school earlier this week.

Danny Goode, 200 Gore Rd., Puryear, and Teresa Townley, 5610 Buchanan Rd., Buchanan, were arrested for possession of weapons on school property. Townley was listed on the police report as being a teacher. Bonds of $250 were set for each.

A full article on the drug sweep was published earlier this week and is also on our website.

MSU Votes Against Extending President Dunn's Contract

President Randy Dunn. (MSU photo).


Murray, Kentucky-Meeting earlier today, Murray State’s Board of Regents voted 4 to 7 against extending President Randy Dunn’s contract.

According to WKMS, the campus radio station, the decision came despite the letters of support for Dunn from the school’s faculty senate and staff congress, as well as 27 west Kentucky school superintendents. Dunn’s contract is set to expire in June of 2014.

The board also approved a list of recommendations for immediate cuts and new revenue for the university. On that list includes an evaluation of WKMS costs.

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