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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

State Unemployment Rate for Feb. Remains Low at 3.4%

Nashville- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips today announced statewide unemployment remained near historic low levels in February with the preliminary rate at 3.4 percent.

February’s rate is up just 0.1 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate of 3.3 percent. Over the past 12 months, Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased a full percentage point from 4.4 percent to 3.4 percent and remains less than the national average of 4.1 percent.

“Our consistent near-record low unemployment rate demonstrates that Tennessee’s fiscal conservative policies foster an environment where businesses can thrive and create jobs,” Haslam said. “As we continue to invest in our workforce though the Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect programs, Tennessee will lead in high-quality job growth.”

“The state of Tennessee works every day, with both employers and job seekers, to ensure there are jobs opportunities available across the state and there is a qualified workforce to fill those positions.” Phillips said.  “This is one of the main reasons companies decide to locate or expand in Tennessee.”

The statewide unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted to eliminate the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools and other recurring seasonal events from an economic time series.

Tennesseans can access the latest job openings across the state, as well as job interview preparation information, on the state’s workforce website.

Donkey Basketball Fundraiser Set for Sat. at Central School

Paris, Tenn.- The Crusaders boys high school travel basketball team will hold their 3rd annual donkey basketball game fundraiser this Saturday March 24tha t 7pm at Central Community Service Center. At 6pm, there will be a pregame show where the freshman team will scrimmage the junior team. There is a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, cakewalk, and concessions will be sold.

The Animal Doctor will be the celebrity pooper scooper for the event and teams of donkey riders and players include the Henry County Sheriff’s office, McKenzie Police Department, the Crusaders, and WMUF/WLZK radio.

Advanced tickets are now available at Take Me Back Café and Paris Civic Center for $6. Tickets are $8 at the door.

In addition to Donkey Basketball there will be a 3 on 3 tournament starting at 10am on Saturday. Admission is only $2 for the tournament and its $5 per person to play. Players must sign in by 9:30am call 731-535-2016 for more information.

Reminder: Lady Pats Spring Sprint 5K is Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team will hold their 5th Annual Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk on March 24th. Entry fee is $20. You can register the day of the race at 8am, race starts at 8:30am and will be held at Paris Elementary School. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers and the top 3 finishers in each age bracket. For more information call any softball booster club member.

HCHS Tennis Splits With Creekwood

Dickson, Tenn.- The Henry County High School boys varsity tennis team defeated Creekwood 8-1 on Thursday. The girls team battled but lost 5-4 against Creekwood. Henry County travels to Clarksville High on Monday April 2nd.

Board of Trustees Learn Opioid Crisis a Real Concern

HCMC BOT discuss the opioid crisis and learn positive news about ratings received by HCMC recently. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, CEO Lisa Casteel talked about America’s National Public Health emergency which is the opioid crisis. Casteel said it is being called the worst American public health crisis in history with lethal consequences, affecting a span of all ages.

In 2016, more than 64K lives were claimed by opioid overdose. Governor Haslam announced a comprehensive plan for the state of Tennessee by focusing on three major components: prevention, treatment, and law enforcement. Casteel told board members the thing of particular interest to the healthcare community is the limitations on prescribing practices. The Joint Commission has also adopted a leadership standard to bring focus on pain management and to drive leadership accountability through all levels of the organization. Casteel said we will continue to monitor things that happen on the state and federal level.

Casteel told the board of trustee’s that the congressional budget office projects the elimination of the individual mandate will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 4 million people in 2019 and that average premiums will increase by 10%. She said it is also projected that healthcare providers will see increased bad debt and uncompensated care. The office also projected the tax cuts will positively impact the for profit providers allowing for investment in workforce development that may spur further costs issues in the non-profit sector. Casteel also said two new physicians, Dr. Whitfield and Dr. Evans will be coming this summer.

HCMC has completed a year as a Rural Health Clinic with Paris Pediatrics and goals were to maintain a local practice of pediatrics for the community and to financially sustain a local clinic. Casteel said they budgeted for a break even in the first year and came in with a $13K loss. She said sustaining them and doing wonderful things for children in our community is a very positive thing.

The Board approved $415,162 in bad debt write-offs which was low for the month of February as it has usually ran around the $600K mark. Henry County was 223 accounts in bad debt, Benton County had 63, Carroll had 33, and Stewart and Weakley both had 20 accounts in the bad debt categories.

HCHC, Medical Center Receive Recognition for Service

Paris Tenn.- HCHC was recently rated a 5 star facility as rated by CMS on Nursing Home Compare. It was the first time ever in the community someone received 5 star status. They are also moving forward with renovation plans for the Medical Arts building and hope to have those ready to discuss in April along with the status of the Federally Qualified Health Clinic.

BlueCross Blueshield of Tennessee has recognized Henry County Medical Center with a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated hospitals that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

Board of Trustees Hear HR Update

Paris, Tenn.- HCMC HR Director Billie McKee said they are working on several policies and fine tuning those with more detail including inclement weather policies and other things. She said she did 4 exit interviews this past month and all 4 were leaving for salary reasons. The hospital currently has a 22% turnover rate and the healthcare center has a 20% turnover rate. McKee said currently there are about 50 positions open at HCMC. CEO Lisa Casteel and Chief Nursing Officer Cynthia Whitaker said working with Bethel University’s nursing program has been very positive and many are planning on coming to HCMC when they graduate.

Joint Effort Leads To Multiple Nashville Men Federally Indicted

Nashville, Tenn. - Four Nashvile men were indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday and charged with federal firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee.

During the course of the investigation leading up to these indictments, Sheriff Monte Belew, Chief Deputy Damon Lowe and Investigator Bryan Hall went to Nashville to serve multiple search warrants along with the Metro Swat Unit, the Metro Gang Unit and the ATF. The service of these search warrants stemmed from several gun stores being burglarized between January and February of 2018, most notably in Henry County was the Guns N' Gear burglary. Undercover agents were subsequently able to purchase some of the stolen guns which led to these indictments.

Sheriff Belew was quoted as saying, "This would not have been possible if not for the joint collaboration between all of the agencies involved. We would like to thank everyone who had a hand in bringing these men to justice."

The four men indicted along with their charges are as follows: Keith Swanson, aka "Lil' Keith" 22 of Nashville was charged with conspiracy to steal, possess and sell stolen firearms, possessing stolen firearms, unlawfully engaging in the business of selling firearms.

James D. Hudgins, 26 of Nashville, charged with conspiracy to steal, possess and sell stolen firearms, possessing stolen firearms, unlawfully engaging in the business of selling firearms.

Karshma F. Dardy Jr. age 20, of Nashville was charged with conspiracy to steal, possess and sell stolen firearms, possessing stolen firearms, unlawfully engaging in the business of sellng firearms.

Keshawn Martin, age 19 of Nashville, charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

HCHS Skills USA Does Well at State

Chattanooga, Tenn.- Henry County High school criminal justice students traveled to Chattanooga, TN to compete in the Tennessee State Leadership and Skills Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Kaylee Marr competed in the Criminal Justice contest  while Dylan McDonald, Courtney Bowden and Brooklyn Coleman participated as a team in Crime Scene Investigation. All students competed very well with Kaylee Marr winning the State Champion award. Her contest consisted of a formal interview, collection of fingerprint evidence, a low risk traffic stop and a domestic assault call resulting in an arrest.  Ms. Marr had to conduct herself as a law enforcement officer in the field following proper procedure and protocol. The winners move on to Nationals in Louisville, Ky. this June. (Diane McCord photos)

HCMC Launches Follow My Health Portal

Paris, Tenn.- Being able to access your medical information is an important way for you to manage your health. At Henry County Medical Center, we are always looking for ways to make this easier for you. To help with this, we will be switching to FollowMyHealth as our patient portal of choice. This is an exciting first step that will allow us to offer you a richer experience.

Current users on our old patient portal, RelayHealth, should or will be receiving an e-mail about this change effective Tuesday, March 13. The current RelayHealth portal will be discontinued effective March 31, 2018. If you would like to retain the information that is contained in that portal, you will need to log in and download/save the data. NO EXISTING DATA will be transferred to the new FollowMyHealth portal. Though, you can easily add or import data into FollowMyHealth.

As a current user of the HCMC patient portal, you’ll receive an email with a link to register for FollowMyHealth. This email will be sent from noreply@followmyhealth.com. (Be sure to add this to your safe list!) If you are not currently a HCMC patient portal user, once you receive care at HCMC, you will receive an invitation via email to create an account in the new system.

One of the many great features of FollowMyHealth is that you can download their mobile app. This will give you easy access on-the-go, making sure you always have your information at hand. The app is available on iTunes and GooglePlay.

You will then be ready to access and manage all of your personal health information in one secure location 24 hours a day / 7 days a week with any computer, smartphone or tablet! You can also go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org to access the patient portal as well.

If you have any questions during the registration process, please contact the Health Information Department at 731-644-8564, Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Also, a handout is available to walk you through the process of signing up for the portal.

This is just one more way we’re working to create a better patient experience for you.

Kroger RFL Team Holding Cookout and Bake Sale Sat.

Paris, Tenn.- Kroger’s Relay for Life Team will hold a Cookout and Bake Sale this Saturday March 24th in front of the Kroger Store on Mineral Wells Avenue. BBQ Bologna Sandwiches will be sold for $3 each. A sandwich, chips, and drink will be $6. Donations of baked goods will be accepted until 10am Saturday and the sale starts at 11am and runs until the last item is sold. They will also sell chances to win a one of a kind Relay for Life Blanket.

Patriots Win Comeback Thriller to Start District Play 1-0

Paris, Tenn.- On a cold night on the diamond, the Henry County Patriot baseball team got hot at the plate at the right time to win their first District 10-AAA game of the year 5-4 against Rossview Wednesday night.

Henry County trailed 4-0 going into the bottom of the 6th inning and scored two runs, including one on a double steal where Will Parrish slid into home as Ethan Thompson slid into 2nd base.

The Patriots then scored 3 more runs in their last at bat to win 5-4. Will Parrish had an RBI single to drive in the tying run and Wesley Bomar slapped an RBI single passed Rossview's 1st and 2nd baseman to drive in the winning run.

Patriot hurler Ricky Conroy pitched 6 innings and after a shaky first where 2 unearned runs scored, only allowed one more earned run to score and another unearned run to keep Henry County in the game. Austin Abbott came in to pitch a scoreless top of the 7th. Henry County starts District play 1-0. Rossview falls to 2-1 in the District. The same two teams will play at Rossview Thursday night.

Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship on Ky Lake Fri., Sat.

Buchanan, Tenn.- Over 750 anglers will be competing for a $100K guaranteed first place prize this weekend on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes as the Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship will once again be held in Henry County.

The Henry County Tourism Authority welcomes KBF members as they vie for a National Championship and thousands and thousands of dollars in prize money for top ten finishes.

Anglers have been in town pre-fishing a couple days and will hold registration events on Thursday at the Henry County Fairgrounds which will serve as Tournament Headquarters. Anglers will launch at 5:30am on Friday from Paris Landing Marina.

The Kayak Bass Fishing doesn’t hold weigh-ins like other tournaments, instead it is anglers who take photos of the length of their bass and post it via social media and the KBF website. Deadline for photo submission each day is 3pm, anglers must be checked in by 5:30pm.

During the event from Thursday thru Saturday, Food trucks will be on site at the Tournament Headquarters at the Henry County Fairgrounds from 2-8pm and the Expo will open each day at 2pm with interactive exhibits for the public to view. On Sunday, March 25th at 9am an awards ceremony will be held and door prizes given away.

To follow along with the KBF National Championship like them on Facebook and Twitter and visit their website at www.kayakbassfishing.com

Science and Innovative Technology Fair Planned for Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Over 200 Henry County School students have registered to participate in the Henry County School System’s first ever Science and innovative technology fair this Friday March 23rd.

Students in grades 6-12 have completed research projects in topics ranging from Environmental Science, Computer Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Science, and Behavioral Science.

The Science and Technology Fair is designed to recognize student researchers studying the application of scientific principles and emerging technologies. The fair is an opportunity for students to exhibit research and problem-solving skills while sharing their ideas with other students, their teachers, and the community.

Students will share their projects with their peers throughout the day on Friday and then from 3:30pm to 6:30pm, the Science and Innovative Technology Fair will be open for public viewing in the Auxiliary Gym at Henry County High School. An awards session will be held at 6:30pm Friday evening in the Little Theater.

Special Olympics Fun for All

Paris, Tenn.- With the cold weather filtered into the area the Special Olympics were held inside at Gamlin Gym on Wednesday. Students from all over Henry County came to HCHS for the Special Olympics and were cheered on by large crowds Wednesday morning. The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Kiwanis Club helped with the event.(Jammie Adkisson photos)

 

Paris Police Dept. Warns of Rental Property Scam

Paris,Tenn.- The Paris Police Department has been made aware of an ongoing scam involving multiple rental properties online that are all located in the city limits of Paris. A press release from Capt. Ricky Watson said the owner of the property does have it listed on several sites but there were other sites that also listed the property without the owner's consent.

Complainants advised the responded to an ad and ended up getting a rental agreement sent to them. Once the rental agreement arrived it didn't appear legit so the victim brought it to City Hall to show Police. Upon investigation it was discovered to be a scam and nearly cost the victims $1000.

The City of Paris request that anyone doing business online, do a little research and if the deal sounds too good to be true it usually isn't true. Capt. Watson said citizens should contact the Paris Police Department if you ever don't feel right about a purchase, sale, or anything involving money transferring. This includes using the Letgo App, craigslist, and Facebook.

String of Vehicle Break-ins Keep PPD Busy

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police are responding to a string of car burglaries over the last couple of days. Lt. Josh Frey and Sgt. Tony Hutcherson each responded to a vehicle that was burglarized in the Lowe’s parking lot. Lt. Frey’s vehicle had a iphone6, subwoofers, an FM transmitter, and wallet all valued around $450 stolen. Sgt. Hutcherson responded to break-in of a vehicle where a pair of shoes, workout mix, Garmen Watch, and other items with a total value of around $950 was stolen.

Ptl. Steven Dean Jr. took a report of theft from a vehicle parked in the Walmart parking lot. Stolen from it was a pair of Nike shoes, a pair of Timberland boots, clothes, a flag, class ring, and cash. The total value of items stolen is around $700. There are no suspects in any of the vehicle break-ins and there is no word on whether or not they are related.

Cpl. David Andrews of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged a Martin man with several offenses on Tuesday night. Matthew Allen Griffin, age 34, of Martin was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI 1st Offense, reckless driving, and due care violation. Griffin was placed on $10K bond.

Holy Cross Life Teen Group Holding 5K April 7th

Paris, Tenn.- Holy Cross Catholic Church Lifeteen presents the first ever Divine 5K run on Saturday April 7th. Cost is $12 for single, $20 for couple, and $40 for a family of 4 if you register by the end of the day on Thursday March 22nd. A t-shirt will also be included. Registering after March 22nd is $5 more to each category.

Awards will be given to different age groups and the course is pending USATF Certification. Money raised benefits the LifeTeen Program. For more information call 642-4681.

PSSD BOE Approves New Board Policies Involving Retention

Dr. Gerrell discusses the promotion and retention board policy. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Special School District Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday night and Superintendent Dr. Norma Gerrell went over the promotion and retention board policy that was presented to the board Tuesday night. She said it gives more flexibility to the Director of Schools in regards to retention. She said the factors included to identify retention include the student’s ability to perform at the current grade level, results of local and state assessments; overall academic achievement of the student; student’s chance for success with more difficult material if promoted; attendance; and social and emotional maturity.

The policy also states that if a student is being considered for retention, a parent or guardian will be notified within 15 days and an immediate promotion plan will be developed to help the student avoid retention.

Another policy gives the board the option of setting the percentage of a student’s overall grade from 15-25% on state testing if the records come back before school lets out for summer. Dr. Gerrell recommended the board go with 15%, which is the lowest, because the overall grade from the test is mostly designed to be for high school level students not grades 3-8 where the PSSD tests. She said the last five years the tests haven’t even come back in time to matter anyway. The board approved all policies Tuesday night.

Jimmy Henson gives updates on the Rhea Construction. (Alsobrooks photo)

The board heard another update on the Rhea Construction project from Jimmy Henson of Henson Construction. He said the project is going good even though they’ve lost several days because of weather. They plan on getting the roof on as soon as possible and then more work can be done inside.

Henson said we will make up a lot of time once we get inside and plan on working really hard next week when students and staff are out for Spring Break.

Homeland Security Visit at PES Oks Locks

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Elementary Principal Chip Gray told the board the visit from Homeland Security to see if the locks designed by SRO Eddie Crosser could be used at the school after the safety workshop last week went great. The representative was blown away by the safety measures the system has implemented with the video system that allows dispatch to see the schools and said this just adds another layer of security to the school.

The okay was given by Homeland to go ahead with the locks and Gray said they plan on installing 20 of them in the 3rd grade wing to be tested out. The patent process for the locks is also underway.

Farmer's Market Moving Back to Fairgrounds This Season

Paris, Tenn.- Spring and summer months mean homegrown fruits and vegetables at the local Henry County Farmers Market. This year, the market will depart its downtown location and return to the Henry County Fairgrounds.

“The Fairgrounds has always been an option for the farmers market but they wanted to be downtown,” said John Perkins, President of the Henry County Fair Board.  “With the increase in farmer participation in the market, the Fairgrounds provides a larger area.”

“We’ve enjoyed having the market downtown and promoting the farmers,” said Kathy Ray, executive director for the Downtown Paris Association, “but at the end of the day, the market has outgrown its location on the corner of Ruff and North Market. The fairgrounds, with its additional space and pavilion will be a better fit.”

When the market moved downtown there were two vendors, according to Ray. “With the help of our Downtown Paris App, Facebook page and increased highway visibility, they were able to swell their numbers to 28 vendors in 2017,” she said.

Available items included corn, tomatoes, okra, beans, squash, cantaloupe, watermelon, cucumbers, eggplant, peaches, and potatoes, as well as local meat, eggs, honey, homemade jellies, jams, breads and heirloom vegetables.

For questions regarding the 2018 market, contact Ranson Goodman at the UT Extension office at 731-642-2941.

County Mayor's Office Reports Possible Scam 

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Mayor's Office has receive phone calls from senior citizens who received calls saying they won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes. The representative tells them to stay on the phone while they go to Wal-mart and get some papers and purchase an $800 gift card. Citizens should never give out pertinent information over the phone and never go and meet anyone anywhere unless you know who they are.

"Grub Club" Held at Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce

Paris, Tenn.-  The Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce hosted the Biztech Road Show where visitors were educated by social media officials, experienced hands on activities in the rolling bus and enjoyed lunch from Perry's BBQ. Citizens can get involved with "Grub Club" sessions once a month at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

(David Jackson photos)

Man Who Led Officers on 4-Wheeler Chase Now in Custody

Paris, Tenn.- The man who led Henry and Benton County law enforcement on a wild chase last Friday is now in custody after the 4-wheeler he had stolen was found wrecked on Monday.

John Smothers, 33, of Copper Springs Road was arrested and being held in jail on aggravated assault, evading arrest, and criminal impersonation. Dep. Kyle Waldron had originally brought Smothers in on the criminal impersonation charge and Lt. Clyde Sulcer, who was involved with the chase Friday, charged Smothers with aggravated assault and evading arrest.

Lt. Sulcer shot at the 4-wheeler tires after Smothers tried to run him over in the original incident. Smothers eventually ran the 4-wheeler into the water in the Big Sandy River area and swam off escaping thru the swamp. Smothers was seen walking near Hagler Ridge Road and Dep. Waldron arrived and Smothers gave him another name. Dep. Waldron took him into custody as information led to him being suspect they were looking for.

Fire Box Stolen from Residence on UpChurch Dr.

Paris,Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a fire box which had car keys, house keys, important documents, watches, and bank box keys in it from a residence on UpChurch Drive. Whoever stole the firebox, attempted to open a bank lock box belonging to the victim saying he was the victim’s grandson and the victim had died. Investigation is continuing with no arrests at this time.

Pats Baseball Game Against Rossview Tues. is Postponed

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County baseball game against Rossview at home Tuesday evening has been postponed due to rain and wet field conditions. They are set to make the game up Wednesday night at home with a 6:30pm start. We will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM starting with the pregame show at 6pm.

January County Unemployment Rates Show Uptick from Dec.

Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) released county unemployment statistics for January 2018 late last week. A vast majority of the state’s 95 counties continue to record unemployment rates under 5 percent and every county’s rate was lower than it was in January 2017.

“Because of seasonal employment trends, Tennessee typically sees a slight uptick in county unemployment at the start of the year,” explained TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “But the year-to-year comparison of statistics shows just how well the state is doing when it comes to job creation.”

In our listening area, Henry County started the year with a 4.9% January 2018 County unemployment rate, which is up 1% from December’s rate of 3.9% but down from January 2017’s rate of 6.9%. Numbers equate to 680 of the county’s 13,980 estimated workforce looking for a job.

Carroll County’s rate for this January was at 5.5%, which is up from 4.4% in December and down from a year ago at 7.2% Of Carroll County’s estimated labor force of 11,900 around 660 were looking for work in January.

Benton County had one of the higher rates in the state to start 2018 as their January rate came in at 6.5%. That is up from 5.0% in December and down from 7.4% in January 2017. Houston County’s rate for this January was at 6.8%, up from 5.4% in December, but still down from last January when it was at 7.9%.

Stewart County’s rate increased from 4.4% in December to 5.7% in January. That number is still down from January 2017 when the rate was 7.9%. Weakley County also saw and uptick from December to January as the rate to start the new year increased from 3.6% to 4.4%, but remained lower than January’s rate in 2017 which was 5.7%. State unemployment rates for February will be released this week.

City of Paris Seeking Feedback on Splash Pad at Eiffel Tower Park

Paris, Tenn.- The City of Paris is seeking public feedback on a project as the city is considering the construction of a splash pad at Eiffel Tower Park. The City plans to hold public input meetings on the issue with the first meeting set for Thursday March 22nd at 11am at Atkins Porter Recreational Center at the corner of S. Highland and Walnut Street. The 2nd public input meeting will be Thursday April 5th at 4pm at the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce prior to the April Paris City Commission meeting.

Anyone that can’t attend either meeting but would like to provide feedback can find information on the City of Paris Facebook page and leave feedback there.

County Commission Fixes Language to Quit Claim Real Estate to HCMC

County Mayor Brent Greer discusses the issue with the quit claim on the hospital property. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Paris, Tenn.- At Monday’s Henry County Commission meeting, commissioners approved a resolution to quitclaim some property to the Hospital after hospital records found that the county never actually formalized the transfer of the real-estate to HCMC by deed of conveyance back in 1953 when HCMC was created.

County attorney Rob Whitfield said the deed said Henry County and should have said Henry County Hospital District and as the hospital was doing some things to apply for a grant to become eligible for a federally qualified health clinic to be designated for the area, they noticed the wordage.

The resolution laid out the land be conveyed for $1 and should revert back onto the county should HCMC cease to operate a hospital on that portion of the real estate. County Mayor Brent Greer said this would make things official and allow the hospital to continue to work on obtaining that grant.

Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the West Tennessee River Basin Authority’s request for recurring state funding just as the City of Paris had done earlier in the month at their meeting. The West TN River Basin Authority is a valuable resource for the county in matters related to Flood risk management, stream maintenance, infrastructure protection, and more. 19 counties in West Tennessee were all on board the supporting resolution. Mayor Greer said this will allow the basin to do millions of dollars worth of work to the River basin.

In other action the commission reappointed Mary Nell Grooms to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a three year term, and Mike Shankle to the E-911 Board to replace Pam French who resigned from the board. The remainder of the term on the E-911 Board will expire in January 2022. The commission also approved a resolution requiring county board of equalization members and county board hearing officers to complete annual continuing education. The resolution states they must have 4 hours of training per year.

Optimist Club Spaghetti Lunch/Supper is Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The 4th Annual Paris Optimist Club Spaghetti Lunch and Dinner will be held Tuesday March 20th at First United Methodist Church from 11am to 2pm for lunch and again from 4-7pm for dinner. It is $10 eat in or carry out and children under age 6 eats for free. The meal includes spaghetti, roll, dessert, and drink.

911 Board Hears Updates on CAD and Zetron Projects

911 board members discuss items Monday afternoon. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County E-911 Board met Monday afternoon and progress reports were given on the new CAD along with the new Zetron Max 911 Controller and Radio Console. 911 Director Mark Archer said the CAD system is up and running and Chad Howard has been working with all the agencies getting things online and working right.

The 911 controller is now at the Sheriff’s Office and we wanted to make sure it works and is stable. Within the month, they will move the 911 controller to the Paris Police 911 center. Howard said we are basically a guinea pig with Zetron on the newer Rapid SOS system which shows pinpoint location from when cell phone calls come in. Howard said we are the only Zetron carrier with this Rapid SOS right now and plans are to roll it out Nationwide late this year.

Archer said this Rapid SOS uses the device location data on your cell phone and pinpoints exactly where you are calling from and once the call is finished it turns your phone’s location services off.

The console project has been a bit of mess Archer said and they are continuing to work thru things with the contract and hopefully get it installed soon. Archer said with all these legal contracts we will see a larger amount of legal fees than usual, but it was necessary to keep us legal with everything.

A depreciation schedule plan was presented to the 911 board Monday night. Archer said Henry County 911 will be taking part in the Henry County Special Olympics on March 21st at Henry County High School.

In discussion on the radio project, Archer said we have committed $250K and are applying for community development block grants from the City and County. He said it is progressing along but the grant decision won’t be known until October.

Archer asked the board to allow him to open up an Equipment Savings Account and put surplus money and excess revenue to that account to help prepare for bigger purchases. The board approved the request.

At the beginning of the board meeting, Chief Chuck Elizondo, who was chairing the meeting, told that Pam French had resigned from the board due to personal reasons.

Bethel Names Wallace Project Manager

McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie, Tenn.-  Bethel University has announced the hire of Ashley K. Wallace as Project Manager. “I’m excited for the opportunity to serve Bethel University and the community,” Wallace says. “Bethel displays great teamwork both on and off the field, and I’m looking forward to being part of the Wildcat family.”

Wallace’s experience includes composing and designing communication and marketing material to better inform and attract athletic recruits as the former Recruiting Coordinator at Auburn University. As a media and video intern, she conducted research and created content for Auburn Football Signing Day, while serving as an announcer for Auburn’s live broadcast of the event. Her additional media experience includes conceptualizing network features to consistently align with the university’s goals and network demands.

A former student-athlete, Wallace was a member of the Women’s Mexican National Soccer Team, and competed in two FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cups and two CONCACAF Championships.

DUI, Theft, and Assault Top Busy Weekend for Law Enforcement

Paris, Tenn.- Lt. Ean Reed of the Paris Police Department charged Denise Adkins, 52, of 314 Edgewood St., for DUI after observing her vehicle traveling without a working brake light. When Lt. Reed went to the window to talk to the driver during the traffic stop, he smelled a strong alcoholic odor. Adkins was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

Cpl. Blake Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a stolen 4-wheeler from a Hwy. 140 E. residence. The Honda model valued at $7K was stored in the shop and it looked as if entry was made thru a side window at the shop and access to the 4-wheeler was obtained. There are no suspects.

Dep. James Higgins of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office charged Robert Hawkins, age 61 of Big Rock, with aggravated assault and felony vandalism after an altercation and hit and run with Hawkins’ dump truck. The altercation took place at Denton’s Trucking on Hwy 79 after Hawkins was told he’d have to wait to speak with the owner. Hawkins got irritated and proceeded to leave, backing the dump truck into a fence and vehicle at the lot. When someone tried to tell Hawkins he hit a car and fence, Hawkins then drove the dump truck and hit the man with th truck in the side of the arm, knocking him to the ground.

Sgt. Eddie Forrest managed to stop the dump truck on the Hwy. 218 bypass while Dep. Higgins was gathering information at the scene. Once Dep. Higgins arrived, he charged Hawkins.

Henry County Well Represented at All Star Game

Gibson County, Tenn.- Henry County was well represented in the 2018 West Tennessee 8th Grade All-Star game held Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Gibson County High School.

Twenty-eight girls were chosen to participate in the event from 18 West Tennessee schools including Addi Hunt (Lakewood), Averie O’Daniel (Harrelson), and Abby Gilstrap, Heaven Phelps, Mary Ray Smith, and Shamaya Humphreys (Inman).  Becky Wilson (Inman) was selected as a coach for the Visitor team which included all six Henry County players. The Visitor team defeated the Home team 34-30.

HCHS FBLA Does Well at State

Paris, Tenn.- Several members of the Henry County High School Future Business Leaders of America did well at the State Leadership Conference last week. Business Plan, 1st Place, Ben McCormick, Bella Lowrance; Global Business, 1st Place, Pierce Rose, Delia McDevitt, Cara Johnson; Social Media Campaign, 3rd Place, Billee Lassiter, Cittlali Onate; Intro to Parliamentary Procedure, 4th Place, Meg Gardner; Intro to Business Procedures, 5th Place, Winnie Jones; Graphic Design, 3rd Place, Cayli Lambert; Hard Copy Scrapbook, 5th Place. Grove students who placed include Kevin Tyler, 2nd in Intro to Information Technology and and Kashaina Nucum, 3rd in Intro to Financial Math. 

The team will be attending the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore this summer. Bella Lowrance was elected the 2018-2019 TN State Secretary so she will be training to help lead in the coming year. 

HCMS Track Competes in Benton

Benton, Ky.- Henry County Middle School track team members competed at the Marshall County Middle School All Comers meet this weekend in Benton. In the 1600 meter girls race, Dinah Winders finished 1st overall with a time 5:35, which set a new meet record. Kaitlyn Napier finished the meet in 7:19.

In the 800 meters, Dinah Winders set another new meet record with a time of 2:35 as she finished 1st in this event. Kaitlyn Napier came in at 3:24.  

Staff Getting Ready for Easter

Paris, Tenn.- The staff of WMUF/WLZK are getting ready for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt coming up Saturday, March 31st, 10am at Ogburn Park.

Man Charged with Driving on Suspended

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Paris Police Department by Lieutenant Ean Reed states that on Saturday night, Lt. Reed observed a silver Mercury sedan roll through the stop sign at Dale St. and HWY 79 S without coming to a complete stop and initiated a traffic stop. Lt. Reed made contact with the driver who identified himself as Robert Bridges, age 31 of W. Washington St., but stated that he did not have his license with him at the time. Lt. Reed had dispatch run Bridges’ license by name and date of birth, which came back suspended out of Benton County General Sessions Court since 2016. Dispatch advised that Bridges had multiple failure to appear on his driving history. Bridges was arrested and charged with driving on suspended and transported to Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

Bethel University Welcomes Dr. Kimberly Martin as V.P for CPS

McKenzie, Tenn.-  Dr. Walter Butler, Bethel University President, announced this month that Dr. Kimberly Martin has been selected to assume responsibilities for the College of Professional Studies. The CPS program is the largest of the universities colleges with five satellite locations and more than 2,700 students. The programs are designed to serve the needs of busy adults seeking associate or bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, Criminal Justice and Customer Service Management; bachelor’s degrees in Management and Organizational Development, Organizational Leadership, Emergency Services Management, or Criminal Justice; or master’s degrees in Business Administration or Criminal Justice.

Vice-President Martin is a native of Union City, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, with her Master of Business Administration from Bethel College and her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University. Her history with Bethel includes former roles as Associate Director of Public Relations, Assistant Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and Director of Institutional Research for what was then Bethel College. She held the title of Associate Dean for Planning, Assessment and Administration for the university from 2007-2008.

For more information about Bethel University’s College of Professional Studies, call 1-877-4BETHEL.

Donkey Basketball March 24th

Paris, Tenn.-  Donkey Basketball is coming up Saturday March 24th, at 7pm at the Central Community Service Center. Come watch the players as they attempt to play basketball on donkeys that are trained to run, buck, duck and lay down. Riders include teams from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, McKenzie Police Department, a few of us here from WMUF/WLZK and WHDM radio as well as the Crusaders. Tickets are $6 in advance and available at Take Me Back Café and the Paris Civic Center until March 23rd and $8 at the door. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, concessions, cakewalk and more. All proceeds go to benefit Crusaders Travel basketball.

Man Tased and Arrested on Drug Charges

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Paris Police Department by Lieutenant Michael Ramos, city units were dispatched to a Dunlap St. residence on Saturday in reference to two females having a disagreement. Corporal Forrest and Sergeant Long of the PPD were speaking with one of the females involved and Lt. Ramos entered a small building behind the residence, where one of the females resides, to speak with the other female.  While speaking with the female and Andrew L. Matthews, age 21, of Dunlap St., Lt. Ramos noticed a strong odor of marijuana and asked the occupant for consent to search the building, which she granted the officer.

Lt. Ramos asked Matthews to exit the building and Sgt. Long to pat him down for weapons. Matthews immediately turned around, placing his hand in his right pocket. Matthews then tried to hide something in a pile of dirty clothes. Matthews was instructed multiple times to place his hands behind his back, but refused. He was informed that if he continued to refuse he would be tased. When Matthews did not comply, he was tased and immediately began to comply with officers. Matthews had attempted to hide a small plastic container, which contained a white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Matthews was charged with simple possession of a schedule II, drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

Land Between the Lakes to Host Girl Scout Day

Land Between the Lakes, KY/Tenn.- The Woodlands Nature Station will host Girl Scout Day at Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area, on March 24th from 10am-3pm. The theme is Outdoor Art Day, and will include a guest professional artist as well as hands-on activities, guided hikes, crafts, games and more. The event will help Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes earn their Outdoor Art Badge requirements. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to register. General admission, which covers all programs and activities is $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 5-12 and is free for ages 4 and under. Most activities will be outdoors and it will take at least 3 hours to complete all activities.

Man and Woman Arrested on Drug Charges

Puryear, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office by Deputy James Higgins, the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Wyninger Rd. at 4:20am Friday, to a report of a suspicious vehicle with two occupants behind a shed on the property. While en route, dispatch advised of a subject walking away from the property.

Dep. Higgins encountered Tonya D. Wallace, age 41 of S. Brewer St. walking down Foundry Hill Rd. She advised Dep. Higgins that she had been fighting with her boyfriend and agreed to accompany Dep. Higgins to the address. Upon arriving on the property, the deputy noticed a red pickup parked behind the shed with no one around. Getting out of the patrol car, Dep. Higgins encountered James T. Binkley, age 41 of Puryear. At this time, the complainant came out of the house and recognized Binkley as his step son.

During a consented search of the pickup, drug paraphernalia was located on the passenger side of the vehicle, where Wallace had been sitting. Also discovered was a small plastic baggie, containing a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Wallace said that it was not hers and that Binkley had been going through her things. Also found in Wallace’s purse was a capped syringe. A search of Binkley’s person produced a small rubber container that also had a white, powdery residue.

The officer was unable to determine who the paraphernalia belonged to, so both were placed under arrest and charged with possession of a schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and transported to the HCSO.

"The Amazing Wild Turkey" Held at TNWR

Springville, Tenn.-  The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge held their Discovery Series "The Amazing Wild Turkey", Saturday afternoon. The program featured veteran turkey hunter, Steve Blount, who discussed ways to track wild turkeys, how to distinguish the difference in male and female turkeys, as well as much more information about the birds.

(Jessi Lane photos)

 

Steve Blount talks to the crowd about how to track wild turkey at Saturdays event at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge.

HCHS Varsity Tennis Teams Victorious

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School’s Varsity tennis team took another win Friday night over Clarksville’s Kenwood High School. HCHS boys won all 9 matches, both singles and doubles, posting a final score of 9-0. HCHS girls won 8 straight matches, with the last doubles match being called at 2-2 due to weather conditions. The 8 wins, however, were enough to warrant an overall win for the team.

HCSO Drug Take Back Saturday

Paris, Tenn.-  The Henry County Sheriff's Office was on hand at Kroger, Saturday afternoon, for a drug take back. There is a permanent drug take back box available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Paris City Hall.

(Kyle Cronkright photos)

Merison's Furniture Showcase This Weekend

Paris, Tenn.-  The Merison’s Furniture Showcase kicked off Friday at their Merison’s Value Furniture location on Memorial Dr. and will continue Saturday at their Fairview St. location from 9am-6pm. The event will be broadcast live on 94.1 WLZK from 11am-1pm. The event is free and open to the public. You can register to win over $10,000 in prizes including a free vacation and many more prizes.

 

(Photos Amanda Allen)

Reward Offered for Information on Suspect in ATV Chase

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a press release form the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, on March 16th at 1:10am, Benton County Sheriff’s Office was in pursuit of a white male driving a possible stolen 4-wheeler on HWY 69 traveling into Henry Co. Henry County Sheriff’s Office deputies momentarily made contact with the suspect on Hagler Ridge Road then the suspect fled through the fields and tree lines and continued to flee on Copper Springs Rd. Lt. Clyde Sulcer located the suspect, who then accelerated towards the officer. Lt. Sulcer then fired 5 rounds at the suspect’s tires in an attempt to stop the pursuit. The suspect then drove the 4-wheeler into a large body of water, completely submerging the 4-wheeler, and swam across the water and ran into a swampy area.

Deputy James Sanders deployed a drone and Sergeant Wayne Fuqua, his canine Adora, Deputy Dalton Watson and Sheriff Monte Belew initiated a track on the suspect. Benton County deputies and the Big Sandy Police Department had set up a perimeter as well. The search continued for hours without locating the suspect.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500.00 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect. The suspect is a white, male, blonde hair, medium to thin build, 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in, clean shaven, and approximately 30 years of age. Anyone with information should call 731-642-1672 or the Hot Line at 731-642-0929.

Good Crowd for Annual St. Patty's Day Luncheon

Paris, Tenn.-  First Christian Church held their annual St. Patty’s Day Luncheon Friday afternoon with a baked potato bar. The church’s worship band provided entertainment and proceeds went to benefit The Shed.

(Jessi Lane photos)

First Christian Church's worship band plays for the crowd at St. Patty's Day Luncheon.

TN State Parks Offer Free Guided Hikes March 24th

Tennessee-  All of Tennessee’s 56 State Parks are hosting free, guided hikes on Saturday, March 24th to highlight the amenities and programming available during one of Tennessee’s most beautiful seasons. Park Rangers will lead guided hikes throughout the day, ranging from short, family friendly walks, to adventurous, all-day endeavors through a park’s most remote stretches. For a full list of all planned hikes, visit www.tnstateparks.com.

Man Charged With Violation of an Order of Protection

Paris, Tenn.-  A report at the Paris Police Department by Patrolman Zachariah Carper states that city units were dispatched to a home on Minor St in reference to a possible violation of an order of protection, Thursday morning. Ptl. Carper made contact with the victim who stated that she had seen Edwin A. McLucas III, age 29 of Williams St. on her video surveillance for her residence on Williams St. At that time, Sergeant Tony Hutcherson and Captain John Brewer, of the PPD, responded to the residence and made contact with McLucas. Sgt. Hutcherson advised that McLucas had entered the property through a front window and opened the front door. McLucas was then placed under arrest for violating an active order of protection that had been issued on January 30, 2018, which prohibits McLucas from being on the property. City units transported McLucas to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident, where his bond was set at $15,000.

Ptl. Carper then escorted Jessica L. Matheny, age 30, to Williams St. to secure the residence. While there, Ptl. Carper observed two glass pipes sitting on the window seal of the bathroom in plain sight. Matheny was issued a citation for unlawful drug paraphernalia and issued a court date. The paraphernalia was recovered and placed in evidence.

Kentucky Man Charged With Driving on Suspended

Paris, Tenn.-  According to a report at the Paris Police Department, Patrolman Daniel Andres observed a silver Pontiac with KY tags traveling on Tyson Ave. with a passenger side headlight out, on Thursday evening, and conduced a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the driver, Kevin May, age 42 of Murray, and running May’s driver’s license with dispatch, it was discovered that May’s license status was non-licensed. Due to May not having a license and being from another state, he was placed under arrest and transported to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office without incident.

BPU Flushing HydrantsThis Week

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of March 19th. Customers of BPU could possibly experience air in the water lines or discoloration in the water. Customers should check for discoloration prior to doing laundry and if there is discoloration, run the facet for several minutes and it should return to normal. If problems continue call Tony Brown, Director of Water and Wastewater at BPU at 642-1322 ext. 115.

Lady Pats Spring Sprint 5K Will be March 24th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Lady Patriots Softball team will hold their 5th Annual Spring Sprint 5K Run/Walk on March 24th. Entry fee is $20, pre-registration deadline is March 10th. You can also register the day of the race at 8am, race starts at 8:30am and will be held at Paris Elementary School. Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers and the top 3 finishers in each age bracket. For more information call any softball booster club member.

HC UT Extension and HC Health Dept. Partnering Up for Cancer Education Workshops

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office and Henry County Health Department are offering a free workshop on Cancer: Thriving and Surviving. The program will be begin on Monday March 26th and will run 6 weeks.

It is designed for people with cancer and caregivers to learn basic skills necessary to self-manage their disease and work effectively with their health care professionals. The program is conducted by two leaders certified by Stanford University Cancer: Thriving and Surviving trainers. Classes will be held each Monday for the 6 week session from 10am to Noon. Classes will give a self-management approach to cancer education and gives survivors and patients the knowledge, tools, and confidence to take day by day control of their health and treatment decisions.

For more information, or to sign up for the program, call the UT Extension Office at 642-2941.

American Legion Hosts Fish Fry Through March

Paris, Tenn.-  The American Legion is hosting a fish fry, every Friday in March from 4:30-7:30pm. The cost will be $10.00 and the meal will include cat fish, fries, hush puppies, white beans, slaw, dessert and a drink. The fish fry is sponsored jointly by the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, The Legion Auxiliary, and the Legion Riders Post 89. Proceeds will go to support the needs of our veterans of Henry County and surrounding areas.

 

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