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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks

Assistant News Director Cassie Walsh

Relay for Life's Paint Your Own Butterfly is Sunday, March 26th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Relay for Life will have a Paint your own Butterfly Tree, a symbol of rebirth, event on Sunday, March 26th from 2pm to 4pm at the First United Methodist Church’s Christian Life Center.

Tickets cost $35 at the door for the Henry County Relay for Life's Paint your own Butterfly event on Sunday, March 26th.

For more information please call the First United Methodist Office at 642-4764, Elaine Martin at 642-3052, or contact Elizabeth Craig at 642-3761 or on Facebook.

Boardwalk Ribbon Cutting at The Animal Doctor

(Chamber photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris- Henry County Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting for the Boardwalk addition to The Animal Doctor on Thursday and the ribbon cutting was a huge success. Congratulations to Dr. Boley and staff on the Boardwalk joining The Animal Doctor. 

TN February Unemployment Rate Decreases to 5.3%

Nashville- Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announces a preliminary unemployment rate of 5.3 percent for February. This is an improvement from the revised January rate of 5.4percent. February’s U.S. preliminary rate is 4.7percent, matching Tennessee with a tenth of a percentage point decline from the previous month.

Over the past year, Tennessee’s rate has increased by six-tenths of a percentage point while the national rate has declined by two-tenths. “When you see the unemployment tick up over a period of time, that always catches your attention,” said TDLWD Commissioner Burns Phillips. “But when you look at the statistics, they tell an interesting story about Tennessee."

Total nonfarm employment increased with 8,300additional jobs from January to February. Education/health services, mining/logging/construction, and manufacturing experienced the largest employment increases.

“As the number of people looking for jobs across the state grows faster than the hiring process, we have really focused on preparing those job seekers for employment with key resources like Jobs4TN.gov and our American Job Centers," explained Commissioner Phillips.

According to the commissioner, “While these latest numbers may seem marginal, all the resources the state offers will really pay off in the long run, helping Tennesseans find work and lowering our unemployment rate."

Added tononfarm employment were 66,100 jobs over the year. The largest increases occurred in leisure/hospitality, trade/transportation/utilities, and professional/business services.

Lawn Seminar to Be Held Tues. at Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County UT Extension Office and Henry County Master Gardners are hosting a home lawn seminar at 6pm on Tuesday March 28th at the Fairgrounds Enoch Building. Dr. Tom Samples, UT turf specialist, will present updates for home lawns in Henry County. Everyone is invited to attend.

Man Severely Burned in Depot St. Fire Dies

Paris, Tenn.- The man severely injured in the fire at 1028 Depot Street that occurred Wednesday afternoon has passed away due to the injuries. Aaron Dobbs, age 68 of Paris, had been taken to the HCMC Medical Center ER by ambulance and then life-flighted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He succumbed to his injuries at Vanderbilt.

The Paris Fire Department report stated that the occupant, Aaron Dobbs, was still inside the home, when they arrived and found a small fire on the floor nearby. The call came in around 4pm Wednesday.

Firefighters extinguished that fire and then began to assist EMS personnel in caring for and removing Dobbs from the house. A neighbor checked on the occupant and found smoke in the house and found him lying on the floor with his clothes on fire. The man’s clothing appeared to catch fire and he couldn’t extinguish the fire. An oil heater was inside the home and is likely to have caught a blanket on fire where the man was laying then his clothes.  

HCMC Making Changes In Physician Offices

Board of Trustees discuss changes in physician offices. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- At Thursday’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustee’s meeting, CEO and Administrator Tom Gee informed trustees the medical center is currently making changes to physician practices in order to take advantage of economies of scale and make the practices more financially viable.

The medical center has taken over the remaining staff at Dr. Gulish’s office and will be moving Dr. Cutright’s practice, Innovative Orthopedics into that office in the next couple of weeks. This will in turn free up space in the Medical Office to move Dr. Locus into there and get his practice out of the high rent payments at Eastwood Clinic. Gee also reported that Dr. Wieck is returning to his practice on a part time basis until he gets volume back up. There are two contracts currently up for renewal and the medical center is looking to mitigate high cost in these two arrangements.

The Board of Trustees learned that HCMC is working with other hospitals across the state to be able to use charity care and uncompensated TennCare reimbursement levels as matching funds to draw down additional Medicaid dollars from the federal government. Gee said they will request $100M to be used by the 20 plus governmental hospitals in Tennessee. Henry County Medical Center would be eligible for $1M to 1.5M of these funds which would came next fiscal year if this is approved. Gee said starting in 2019, they’re going to start eliminating some of these pools and in 2018 money is on the table for hospitals like ours to use and we want to try to take advantage of it before the money disappears in 2019.

Gee reported the new MRI unit was delivered last week and was in the process of being installed which takes about three weeks. Gee said they are also in the process of getting the Diagnostic center designated as a Center of Excellence. If it is approved it would be the first of its kind in Tennessee.

HCMC Could Seek to Buyout Cancer Center

Paris, Tenn.- The Board of Trustee’s learned that Dr. William Permenter, passed away at his home last week. Gee said very little publicity has come about his arrangements and such. HCMC is in a joint venture with Dr. Permenter 50/50 for the Cancer Center. Gee said the Center has been a very lucrative source of income, but this unfortunate event throws its future into some uncertainty.

Gee advised the joint venture has language that would allow either party to buy out the other and there is 60 days to execute the clause in the contract. The medical center is in talks with their healthcare attorneys in Nashville to give guidance on what direction to go. Gee said questions surrounding the possible buyout is who will provide radiation physician services, who will take over Dr. Permenter’s other facilities, and what is the cash requirement to buy out the contract. Dr. Permenter’s equity in the center is around $580K.

Gee also discussed the repeal of the Affordable Care Act which is ongoing in Washington and its possible impact on the medical center. Gee said changes proposed in the American Healthcare Act as proposed would hinder rural hospitals like HCMC even more than the ACA already does. Gee told board members he attended a Regional Policy Board meeting in Atlanta last week as a member of the Tennessee delegation. He said that discussed at length why hospitals are concerned about the new legislation.

Hosp. To Offer New Payment Plan at 12 Months No Interest

Paris, Tenn.- Towards the end of the meeting, Casteel discussed a new Patient Friendly Payment Program that will offer no interest payments for 12 months. Customers who can pay off their hospital bills in one year can save the interest payments. Casteel said the Healthcare Affordable repayment Plan or HARP is offered through one of their collection agencies. Any payments extended after 12 months would be placed on a payment plan with some low interest.

Financial Struggles Continue as Year End Approaches

Paris, Tenn.- Chief Financial Officer Lisa Casteel went over the financials and year to date the hospital is currently at a loss of $2.9M. She discussed the reasons for the loss including the factors of not paying bills, and admissions are lower. Casteel said employee benefits and supply cost are running over budget. Drug cost for the month of February were way over budget. Gee said we will look at staffing, do hiring freezes, freezes on travels, and more to help with the bottom line at the hospital.

Gee went over the Cancer Care Center yearend financial report with the board on Thursday night. He said the assets are $1.2M. The income is around $272K for the year, which is down from the around $400K last year.

HCMC BOT Honors Ed Ledden for 22 Years of Service

Ed Ledden is presented a plaque by HCMC BOT Chairman Phil Wichlan. (Tim Alsobrooks photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Human Resources Director Ed Ledden was recognized by the board on Thursday night as he is set to retire at the end of the month. Ledden has been with HCMC for 22 years. Ledden said he has enjoyed every minute working with the staff and see members of the community. He added, “it’s been great watching our hospital grow.”

Paris Police Seek Public's Help in Locating Missing Woman

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is seeking the public's help in locating a woman that has been missing since Sunday evening. WMUF reported on the missing woman, Savannah Wallace, on Wednesday, as she was last seen at Murphy's around 9:30pm Sunday evening. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact Lt. Ricky Watson or Sgt. Jeramye Whitaker of the Paris Police Department at 642-2424 or 641-1437.

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Event Sat. At Fairgrounds

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Veterans Council will host a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event this Saturday March 25th at the Henry County Fairgrounds. The event will run from 3-5pm with a Welcome Home and meet and greet for everyone, then from 5-7pm a free dinner will be served for Vietnam Veterans and their spouse.

Guest speakers include Rex McBee, State of Tennessee American Legion Historian, Dr. Chester Harrison, and A.J. Perrone, tunnel rat Vietnam War Guest Speaker at the Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Wall in Washington, DC. The Ray Lewis Band will perform at 7pm.

Patriots Baseball Sweeps Season Series with West Creek

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriots baseball team completed the season sweep of West Creek Wednesday night, after the game was postponed Tuesday night because of storms. Henry County won 8-6 and Rick Conroy pitched for the Patriots. Henry County will compete in a tournament over the weekend. The next home game is Tuesday March 28th against Northwest.

Three Clerks Cited for Selling Alcohol to Underage Customers

Paris, Tenn.- Three clerks were cited for selling alcohol to minors in an undercover operation conducted by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Lorie Thomas, 275 Beane Lane, who works for T-Bones Tavern; Brenda Williams, 45 Shady Hill Drive in Buchanan, who works for Lakeview Grocery; and Kelly Hoffman, 1255 John Rowlett Road, who works for Barney’s Stop and Go, were all cited for selling alcohol to a minor. The Sheriff’s Office used an undercover 20-year old agent and in all three cases the clerks sold him a six-pack of beer.

TBI Releases 'Crime on Campus' Report for 2016

Nashville- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual crime study detailing the volume and nature of crime on the State’s College and University campuses. The report, ‘Crime on Campus’ compiles data submitted to the TBI by colleges and universities in the state and law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Report System or TIBRS.

Some stats from the report show overall, crime reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities increased slightly by .8% from 2015 to 2016.

27% of all 2016 offenses reported were categorized as theft or larceny. Fraud offenses increased by 8% with a substantial increase in the category of impersonation with a 177% increase from 13 reported offenses in 2015 to 36 in 2016.

The report also shows assault offenses increased by 21% and rape offenses decreased by 27% year to year. The full 2016 ‘Crime on Campus’ report, along with similar data dating back to 2001 is available online at http://tn.gov/tbi/article/recent-publications.

TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution’s stats to another as the factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate, generalized, and unfair conclusions of the perceived ‘safety’ of one campus over another. It is more helpful to compare data over several years.

Man Injured in Depot Street Fire

Authorities talk to neighbors of the man who was injured in the fire. (David Jackson photo)

Paris, Tenn.- A man suffered severe burns in a house fire on Depot Street Wednesday afternoon. Paris Fire Fighters responded to the scene between 3:30pm and 4pm and were on the scene until just shortly before 5pm. More on this story will be released when reports become available.

Man Charged With Rape of Child by Paris Police

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from Lt. Ricky Watson, the Paris Police Department has charged Daniel Korey Hall, ag 40, of South Poplar Street with Rape of  Child and Incest.

Paris Police began working a case of unlawful sexual contact with a minor on March 6th. The incident allegedly occurred March 3rd at the home of Hall. The 9 year old victim was staying at Hall's home and is a relative.

Hall was arrested at a local business and booked into the Henry County jail and placed on $250K bond. Hall is to have no contact with the victim and will appear in court on Tuesday March 28th. Additional charges are pending.

Paris Police Searching for Woman Not Seen Since Sunday

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department is searching for a missing 23 year old woman who hasn’t been seen since Sunday evening at 9:30pm at Murphy’s. Sgt. Greg Underwood talked with the mother of the missing woman, identified as Savannah B. Wallace.

The mother told Sgt. Underwood she last saw Savannah at 207 Fairview street and her and her boyfriend, Danny Thrasher, aka Joseph Sizemore, were told to leave that home because they were arguing. Thrasher is currently incarcerated in the Henderson County jail after stealing a car at Pocket’s Sunday evening and evading Benton County Police on I-40 during pursuit. He was picked up by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in Henderson County.

Sgt. Underwood contacted Henderson County and they advised Thrasher said he had no idea where Wallace was heading when they went their separate ways Sunday evening. Wallace was last seen wearing blue jean shorts, a green shirt, black boots, and had a backpack and small dog with her. Call the Paris Police Department at 642-2424 if you have any information on Wallace's whereabouts.

Warrants Issued After Suspect Flees on 4-Wheeler

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Steven McClure of the Paris Police Department has issued warrants on Zach Jones, age 26, of 1204 Chickasaw for revoked driver’s license after he fled from Ptl. McClure on a 4-wheeler on Cooper Street Tuesday.

The report stated that Lt. Tony Elkins had warned Jones and others earlier to not ride the 4-Wheelers on the road near the dead end on Cooper Street as multiple complaints have come into dispatch about them riding all hours of the day and night. Later that day Ptl. McClure was on patrol and observed Jones on the 4-Wheeler on the roadway. He began to go after Jones, who exited the roadway and took the 4-Wheeler on a path into the woods. Ptl. McClure knew of Jones’s revoked driver’s license and issued the warrants.

Man Charged With Suspended DL After Wreck, More Charges Possible

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police were dispatched to a wreck at Tyson and East Wood and Ptl. McClure made contact with one of the parties involved, Justin Moore, age 35, of 509 Walnut Street. Moore was found to have a suspended driver’s license out of the state of New Jersey. He was taken into custody. Later, Ptl. McClure received an anonymous tip on Moore, saying he was walking around the dumpsters near the wreck scene and could have hidden something.

Ptl. McClure went back and did find some methamphetamine and a glass pipe near those dumpsters. The person who gave the tip refused to testify in court on seeing Moore do this because someone else could have placed the items there. Ptl. McClure will be speaking with the District Attorney and more charges on Moore could be pending.

W.G. Rhea Library to Close Thurs. for Technology Upgrades

Paris, Tenn.- The W.G. Rhea Public Library will be closed Thursday March 23rd for technology updates. The Library will reopen at regular time on Friday March 24th. The Library will also hold a public reception on Thursday March 30th as Freda Reddick is retiring. The reception will be 5-7pm at the library.

HCHS Student Signs with Bethel U. for Archery

McKenzie, Tenn.- The Bethel Archery program added a local student-athlete to their program Monday by signing Alex Perry of Big Sandy, Tennessee. He attends Henry County High School in Paris. He is the son of John and Deanna Perry of Big Sandy and will major in Biology.

Alex played football at HCHS and is a member Of the FCA.

Bethel Coach Kenny Louden commented, "Alex is another local student we are thrilled to sign. He is an avid hunter and will be a big part of our program for the next four years. He is working toward being a Game Warden."

Crusaders Travel Team Hosting Donkey Basketball Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The Crusaders Travel Basketball team will host the 2nd annual Donkey basketball game this Saturday March 25th at 6pm at Central High School Gym in Paris. The Crusaders is an 11th grade travel basketball team.

Tickets are available at Take Me Back Café or from any Crusader team member for $6 in advance or sold at the door for $8. There will also be a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, Taekwondo Demonstrations and the half, and more. Donkey Basketball riders include Fairview Baptist Church members and surprise guests including WMUF personalities.

The preshow begins at 5pm Saturday night and will feature Elvis Tribute Artist Riley Jenkins. Last year nearly $3K was raised with just over 350 spectators. Money raised goes for travel expenses for the Crusaders as they compete in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and elsewhere.

Earlier in the day, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be held from Noon to 3pm. The tournament is open to anyone wanting to put a team together and divisions include adult, junior high students , and high school students for boys and girls. Players may play up in age division but not down. Entry fee is $5 per team member, payback is 50% for first place in each division. To sign up your team call or text 731-535-2016 with team captain’s name division, and gender. Teams must check in by 11:30am Saturday.

Like the Crusaders Play Facebook page for more information. There will be a full concession stand at the event as well serving wood fired BBQ bologna, chips, drink, and dessert for $5.

HCSS Accepting Pre-K Enrollment Applications March 27-31

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System is accepting applications for Pre-K enrollment for children to attend the 2017-18 school year. If your child will be 4 years old by August 15th of this year, you may complete the appropriate applications during registration days.

Registration days will be March 27-31 at Harrelson School, located at 143 Country Club Road in Puryear; Henry Elementary, 937 Pioneer Road; Lakewood Elementary School, located at 6745-A Hwy. 79 N. Buchanan; and the Henry County Board of Education, 217 Grove Blvd. At all the schools, times to complete applications are 7:30am to 2:30pm each day and from 8am to 4pm at the board of education office. Call your school for more information or the board office at 642-3101.

Man in Custody After Shooting Incident Near UT Martin

Martin, Tenn.- UT Martin's campus was placed under lockdown for awhile Tuesday afternoon and a 21 year old man is currently in custody for firing a gun in neighborhood apartments near campus.

Tommy Fuller, age 21, has been arrested after he allegedly fired a gun at several people near the UTM campus according to the Martin Police Department. There were no injuries reported.

UTM Police reported physcial altercations involving multiple people in the University Center and everyone left that area and the altercation resumed later on Hastings Lane. Fuller then appeared to fire the gunshots and left in a white SUV. He was later taken into custody and charged with reckless felony endangerment, unlawful possession of a weapon during commission of a felony, and theft of property. Martin Police continue to investigate the incident.

Routon St. Home Damaged in Fire Early Tues.

Paris, Tenn.- A home on Routon Street was heavily damaged in a fire early Tuesday morning according to reports at the Paris Fire Department. The Paris Fire Department received the call after 3:30am Tuesday morning and were on scene for an hour and a half. The fire appeared to start from the front porch of the residence. The report said the man living there had done some grilling the day before, but when he came back from work early Tuesday morning, nothing was smoking or was on fire. Estimated damages were over $25K.

KSP Charges Mayfied Woman with Trafficking Marijuana

Mayfield, Ky.- On Monday, March 20th, Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement received information that a large quantity of marijuana was being shipped via US Mail to an address in Mayfield. Upon further investigation, detectives were able to confirm the shipment of two packages to address on Taylor Drive in Mayfield. 

On Tuesday, Detectives began conducting surveillance on the residence. At approximately 11:30 Tuesday morning, two packages were observed being dropped off by the US Postal Service and accepted by the resident.  Detectives immediately executed a search warrant on the residence where they recovered the two packages containing a total of approximately 35 pounds of processed marijuana.  Detectives arrested Ernestine Ross, 43, of Mayfield. 

Ross was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana over 5 Pounds, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The investigation is ongoing by TFO Det. Mark Watkins of the Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force.  Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Mayfield Police Department, Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force, and the US Postal Inspector.

Fish Fry to Be Held at American Legion Next 4 Fridays

Springville, Tenn.- The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion, and Ladies Auxiliary Post 89 will hold a fish fry each of the next four Fridays March 24th and 31st and April 7th and 14th. The Fish Fry will be from 5-7pm at the Legion located at 4326 East Antioch Road in Springville. It is fried catfish, fries, hushpuppies, white beans, slaw, dessert, and drink for $10. Proceeds go to support the needs of Veterans of Henry County and the surrounding area.

City Commission to Hold Special Called Meeting Thurs. 11am

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris City Commission will hold a special called meeting this Thursday March 23rd at 11am. The purpose of the meeting will be to issue a certificate of compliance for Matthew Michael of Paris Loft Wines and Spirits. Michael has submitted required information to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission for a new license background investigation finds no findings.

Two Arrested After Traffic Stop

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. Steven McClure noticed a passenger of a vehicle not wearing seatbelt and conducted a traffic stop on White St. The driver, Lutishia A. Sisemore, age 57, of 205 Wright Street, admitted to not having a license. She was charged with driving on a revoked license and violation of financial responsibility for not having insurance. The passenger, Towana M. Williams, age 44, of 412 Boyce Street was found to h ave 4 hydrocodone pills in her purse. She was charged with simple possession of schedule 2 and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Patriots Start District Season With 3-0 Win Over West Creek

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot baseball team is off to a 1-0 District start after defeating West Creek 3-0 in District 10-AAA play at home Monday night. Patriot hurler Hunter Updyke pitched a dandy, giving up no runs in 6 innings, and only allowing three hits.

West Creek’s starter Tyler Woodberry was good as well and Henry County clung to a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning and then lightning in the distance caused a 50 minute delay, due to TSSAA rules. Very little rain fell during the evening. Before the delay, the Patriots had added a run. The game picked up with 1 out and the base loaded and added one more run when play resumed.

RBIs came from Knox Davis, Bryant French, and Reece Veazey. Will Parrish came in to pitch the 7th and got the Coyotes 1-2-3 for the save. Henry County will play at West Creek on Tuesday night looking for the season sweep. Henry County is 2-1 on the young season.

HC 911 Board Discussions on New Radio Tower Continue

Henry County 911 Board (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 911 Board met Monday and the board was updated on the Henry County and the City of Paris Radio Project. The 911 board agreed to put in $225K in the project along with the county, but they need to get the two CBDG grants in order to make progress towards completing the project.

The City will be applying for one CBDG grant and the County apply for the other CBDG grant that will be used to complete the project. With this new radio project there will be virtually no dead spots for radio communications between all of the agencies in Henry County.

The Henry County and the City of Paris Radio Project is estimated to  cost between $600K and $700K, but the project will be contingent on the City and the County getting the CBDG grants.

HC 911 Board Discuss 218 Bypass Name Changes and Teaching Successes

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County 911 Board also discussed changes to name of some of the roads due to the new 218 Bypass near Whitlock Road.

Archer said that the residents of the roads on the 218 Bypass area will vote on renaming those road which is an ongoing process. Archer said that the 911 board is in the Addressing Authority in naming roads and it is the responsibility of the Henry County 911 Board to do so.

The Henry County 911 Board was updated on 911 Technician Chad Howard  911 who taught 911 at two schools and church. The 911 board sent Howard and Ready Fox to teach students at Holy Cross Catholic Church about 911 and they also sent members to talked to two Mennonite schools about 911. The board considered all three 911 teaching experiences successful.  

911 Board Looks to Solve Headaches for Dispatchers

Henry County 911 Board (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- 911 board Director Mark Archer recommended to the board that they are currently looking to change from the old CAD system in order to simplify the system for dispatchers to effective help 911 callers.

If the board decides to go with a new CAD system it will cost about 150K and  the cost to upgrade the 911 InterAct CAD system would cost around $45K, but dispatchers are still having a lot of problems with the InterAct CAD system and Archer said that if they upgrade there is no proof that the upgrade would fix the current problems dispatchers are having,

The Paris PD has more trouble with the system because they have more calls that come in to dispatch before it is transferred to the Sheriff’s Department.

All of the new CAD system companies will test and help with dispatcher training  in a practice setting to help ease the transition into the new system. Archer said getting a new CAD system is currently in the research phase.

County Commission Appoints Carter and Approve Budget Transfers

Henry County Commission (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Commission met in quick session for March on Monday evening. Budget transfers were approved last Monday night by the Henry County Budget Committee and the commission appointed Commissioner Dell Carter to serve a 3-year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals with the term expiring in March 2020.

Commissioners also welcomed back Commissioner Greg Carter, who was going to vacate his seat after moving to Florida, but decided to move back to Paris and will remain on the Commission.

Elected Officials Tour Dana

Paris, Tenn.-  Members of the City of Paris and Henry County Commission, along with members of the Paris Industrial Development Board recently toured Dana Power Technologies. The tour was coordinated by the Paris Henry County Industrial Committee.

“We are planning to tour each major industry to help educate our elected officials on the various industries we have in Henry County and to let our local industries know how much we appreciate their contributions to our economy,” stated David Hamilton, CEO, Henry County Alliance.

A recent survey indicated over 100 new jobs and $19 million was invested in new equipment by local industries in 2016. In 2015, local industries created 187 new jobs and invested over $17 million in new equipment.

“70% of the new jobs created in manufacturing come from local industry expansions,” according to Hamilton. Adding, “We are fortunate to have strong, growing industries in Henry County and working with our existing industries is our number one priority.”

The most recent unemployment figures provided by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows Henry County’s unemployment rate is 7.8%, a 1.1% increase from the same period a year ago. 

Kentucky Man Apprehended After Multi County Pursuit

Paris, Tenn.- A Kentucky man wanted for theft in Henry County is currently in the Henderson County jail after a multi county pursuit in a stolen vehicle. The report at the Paris Police Department stated Ptl. David Beauvis responded to Pockets on Mineral Wells Avenue where a man said someone stole the Chevy Tahoe he was driving while he went into the store to pay for gas.

A witness saw a man with dreadlocks and a dog, put the dog into the back seat and then drive off in the Tahoe. About an hour later, Benton County advised they were in pursuit on I-40 with the vehicle but abandoned pursuit around mile marker 109. Hours after that, the Tennessee Highway Patrol advised Ptl. Beauvis they had the man, Joseph T. Sizemore, 24, of Heldon, Kentucky, in custody in Henderson County. He was charged with theft under $10K, felony evading, reckless endangerment, DUI, and speeding by the THP. Ptl. Beauvis has drawn warrants to charge Sizemore with theft.

60 Tires Stolen from Local Business

Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Tyrail Jackson of the Paris Police Department responded to Taylor Tire on West Wood Street in reference to 60 tires being stolen. The locks were broke off a trailer at the business and 52 tires were stolen from the trailer and 8 more were stolen from inside the business when they busted out the window to gain entry. The value of the tires is $6K and there are no suspects.

Over 30 items were stolen from a storage unit at Lakeway Storage on Lakeway Circle over the weekend, according to a report at the Paris Police Department. The value of the items is nearly $6700 and there are no suspects in this theft either.

Sgt. Terry Williams of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle after receiving a BOLO from Murray Police Department. The passenger, Dustin A. Kreitz, ag 28, of Hwy. 641 N., was charged for simple possession of schedule 6 and placed on $2500 bond.

HCHS Varsity Game Moved up Monday to 5pm Start

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County will face West Creek in District 10-AAA baseball action at home Monday afternoon. Due to a chance of rain later this evening, the JV game has been cancelled and the Varsity game has been moved up from a 6pm to a 5pm first pitch. If you can’t make it to the game we will broadcast on WRQR 97.5FM beginning at 4:30pm Monday afternoon. It’s the first District game of the season.

Tourism Authority Discusses Music Festival and the Paris Landing Inn

Henry County Tourism Authority meeting on Monday. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority met Monday morning and discussed the possibility of hosting a two day music festival at Paris Landing. CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton said that they are in the process of collecting information about how much it would cost to hold a music festival and how much the musicians will get from the profits generated from the music festival.

Mayor Brent Greer said that if they do decide to hold a music festival it will need to take place by Fall 2018, because there is a possibility that the state will announce the decision to privatize Paris Landing State Park, which means that the state will decide to tear down the Paris Landing State Park Inn sometime after Fall 2018.

Currently the Paris Landing State Park Inn has a yearly occupancy rate of 32% and if the Inn is torn down it will take two years to rebuild. The Paris Landing Inn would also go from over 130 rooms down to 60 rooms, if the state park is privatized. But the state has not officially announced that they will tear down the Paris Landing State Park Inn.

But the Henry County Tourism Authority is still in the early stages of possibly holding a music festival at Paris Landing next year.

Tourism Authority Approves Fish Fry and Other Project Funding

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Tourism Authority approved to spend $15,000 to fund the Fish Fry and another $5,000 for the bands. The board also approved to give $1,200 to fund the Church of the Living God district conference that will be held in June 2018.

The board approved to match the City of Paris and the Board of Public Utilities funding and all three will pay $5K towards the Eiffel Tower Lighting project.

Hamilton announced that this year's Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Event was the largest collegiate tournament in the country with over 519 college anglers participating in the tournament.

National Kayak Tournament Set for the Last Week of March

HC Tourism Authority discussing the National Kayak Tournament. (Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- The Tourism Authority also announced that the 3rd Annual Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship will held at Paris Landingon Friday, March 31st through Saturday, April 1st and over 500 kayakers will take part in this year’s tournament. And kayakers will be at Paris Landing from March 28th through April 1st.

The board also approved to have CEO of the Alliance David Hamilton negotiate a new contract with the Kayak Bass Fishing National Tournament to  hold the tournament at Paris Landing next year.

Mayor Greer Updates Tourism Board About Asian Carp

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County Mayor Brent Greer said that Representative Wirgau sent an update on the Asian Carp Task Force, who is approving $75K to help pay for a buying station in Henry County to get rid of most of Asian carp in Henry County. But the Asian Carp Task Force still doesn’t have a permanent solution to get rid of the Asian Carp.

Paris Fire Department Extinguishes Smith Road House Fire

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department,  the Paris Fire Department responded to a house on fire on Smith Road late on Sunday afternoon.

 When Sgt. Bryan Hall arrived at the scene he spoke to the victim, who stated to police that he was renting the house from his father. The victim told police that he left the residence around 12:25pm that afternoon and he went to Murray.

When the victim arrived home he saw that heavy smoke was coming from the house and he stated that he went to his father’s house down the street where he called 911.

The Paris Fire Department did extinguish the fire, but no further information is available at this time.

Auto Burglary Arrests Made Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Police Department made two auto burglary arrests over the weekend. According to reports from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Paris Police Lt. Ean Reed arrested Tequesha L. Waters, age 20 of 506 Harrison Lane of Paris, on Saturday for auto burglary. Waters was placed on $2,500 bond.

Lt. Reed also arrested Earl T. Bates, age 21 of 1401 Menks Avenue of Dyersburg, on Saturday for auto burglary. Bates was placed on $2,500 bond.

Osage Crossland Road Closing on Monday March 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Highway Department will close Osage Crossland Road at the Tillman Road intersection for culvert replacement beginning Monday March 20th. Tillman Road will be accessible only from the North. This project could require 3-4 days to complete.

Tillman, Hico, Pled Wade, and Martin Mill Roads may be used as alternate routes.

Henry County Middle School Track Does Well

Benton, KY- On Thursday, March 16th the Henry County Middle School Track team competed at the Marshall County Middle School All Comers meet in Benton, Kentucky.

Thirty-eight runners competed in the 800 meter girls and Dinah Winders won 1st with a time of 2:34, which is a new meet record. Fifty- six runners competed in the 800 meter boys race and Hayden Bostick finished 17th with a time of 2:44.

In the 1600 meter girls race, twenty-six runners competed and Dinah Winders finished 1st with a time of 5:39, a new meet record, and Kaitlyn Napier finished 16th with a time of 6:49. In the 1600 meter boys, forty-one runners competed and Hayden Bostick finished 11th with a time of 6:08.

Rotary Receives Updates on School System and 4-H Receives Plaque

Dr. Brian Norton updates the Rotary on the Henry County School System. (pics by Linley White)

Paris. Tenn.- Dr. Brian Norton presents last Thursday to the Paris Rotary Club.  He also updated the club on the Henry County School System.

Michele Atkins presents a plaque to Darrin Thompson on behalf of the local 4-H Chapter. (photos by Linley White)

Michele Atkins presented a plaque from the local 4-H Chapter naming the Paris Rotary Club a "Friend of 4-H" and President Darrin Thompson received the plaque on behalf of the club.

Police Make Alcohol Related Arrests Over St. Patty's Day Weekend

Henry County, Tenn.- According to reports from the the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Trooper Jason Mounts arrested Shawnee M. Willis, age 43 of 150 McGehee Lane of Springville, on Friday for his second driving under the influence offense. Willis was placed on $3,000 bond.

Trooper Mounts also arrested Jamie Louise Drafall, age 32 of 713 W. 72nd Avenue of Anchorage Alaska, on Friday for public intoxication. Drafall was placed on $250 bond.

Trooper Flannery arrested Steven A. Harris, age 19 of 2785 Buchanan Road of Buchanan, on Saturday for driving under the influence, open container, violation of due care and financial responsibility law. Harris was placed on $1,500 bond.

Dearly Departed at KPAC on Friday, March 24th at 7pm

Paris, Tenn.- Dearly Departed, A Live Stage Performance directed by Bill Stallings, will be held on Friday, March 24th with doors opening at 6pm and the show starting at 7pm at KPAC, located at 659 Volunteer Drive in Paris. This play is a hilariously funny comedy that everyone will enjoy.

Admission is $10 per person and proceeds from the show will go to the Henry County Office on Aging. For more information and tickets please call 642-2919 or 644-2222.

HCMC Holding Health Screening in Camden on March 30th

Camden, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center will offer health screenings at  the Benton County Senior Citizen Center, which is located at 119 Cole Avenue in Camden on Thursday, March 30th from 9:30am to 11:30am.

No appointment is necessary. Results will be available at the time of the screening and fasting for 8 hours is required for an accurate result.

Free finger stick Blood Sugars, Osteoporosis Screening and Blood Pressures will be available. Finger stick Total Cholesterol tests will be offered for a minimal fee of $3 or a Full Lipid Panel for $10 each.

For more information about the Henry County Medical Health Screening please contact Tory Daughrity at 731-644-8266 or Lori Laser, RN 731-644-8269.

Wild Turkey Amazes and Fascinates at the Refuge

Laura French showing the difference between feathers on a female and male turkey. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Springville, Tenn.- The Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge will present “The Amazing Wild Turkey” discovery series on Saturday March 18th. Laura French, a 2011 Murray State University graduate and a member of the Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge, was the speaker for the Wild Turkey program and attendees got to learn about the history of the wild turkey, take part in a turkey call identifying game and take a hike through the woods to identify turkey tracks.

At this interactive program the group got to play a turkey calling game in order to identify a few of the thirty different calls a turkey can make.  French told the group that there are five different species of wild turkey that include: Gould, Osceola or Florida, Merriam’s, Rio Grande and the Eastern which is the most common type of turkey found in Tennessee.

And Laura French and Joan Howe, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, explained to the group that when all five of the subspecies of turkeys is bagged it is called a grand slam and Dr. Skip Shelton of the University of Tennessee at Martin donated his grand slam to the Wildlife Refuge where it is currently on display.

Joan Howe showing Dr. Shelton's Grand Slam that is on display at the refuge.(Cassie Walsh photos)

 Laura French said, “When hunting for turkeys do you use a gobble to call them. And the answer is no because if you use a gobble call, other hunters may mistake you for a turkey. So most hunters don’t use a gobble call when hunting for turkeys.”

French held a trivia session on turkeys, where she revealed to the group that turkeys are the second largest avian species behind the trumpeter swan. The wild turkey along with the American beaver are two conservation successes after the turkey almost reached extinction back in the 1930s. French also told the group that turkeys normally fly to roost or to evade danger and when they feel threatened they can fly at speeds of up to 55mph in short bursts.

Laura French showing turkey track on a hike in the woods. (Cassie Walsh photos)

Anyone wishing to see live turkeys is encouraged to drive on the refuge as they can often be seen in the open fields or wooded edges along refuge roads, especially in the early mornings or late evenings. Turkeys can also be found along the Britton Ford Hiking Trail.

The refuge visitor center is always open Monday through Saturday from 8am to 4pm and it is free to come and view all of the events at the visitor’s center.

 For more information on the Wild Turkey Discovery Series or any events at the you can stop by the Wildlife Refuge located at 1371 Wildlife Drive in Springville or you can call 642-2091.

Paris Man Arrested for 2nd DUI After Wreck

Paris, Tenn.- According to reports from the Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. David Powell arrested Jimmy R. Barrett, age 49 of 195 Peaceful Meadows Lane of Paris, on Thursday for driving under the influence.

On Wednesday, Paris Police Ptl. Amanda Forrest responded to Mineral Wells Avenue in reference to an accident with injuries. Ptl. Forrest arrived at the scene and found that one of the two vehicles had flipped onto its side. While in route to the ambulance, Ptl. Forrest noticed that one of the drivers of the vehicle, identified as Barrett, had slurred speech.

A check of Barrett’s license showed that he had a prior DUI offense and he was required to take a blood alcohol test, but Barrett was not taken into custody at that time. After the blood alcohol test came back positive, Sgt. Powell arrested Barrett for his second DUI on Thursday.  Barrett was placed on $2,000.

Camden Man Arrested for Possession

Paris, Tenn.- According to a report from the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Stacey Bostwick arrested Terry J. Lowe, age 43 of 7996 Big Sandy River Road of Camden, on Thursday for simple possession of a schedule VI substance.

Patriots vs Murray High Baseball Game Has Been Cancelled

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Patriot Baseball game against Murray High that was scheduled to take place on Friday, March 17th has been cancelled due to weather.

First Christian Church St. Patty's Luncheon is Huge Success

(Cassie Walsh photo)

Paris, Tenn.- Huge crowds came to the First Christian Church’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon was held on Friday, March 17th a the First Christian Church. The First Christian Church has been holding their Annual St. Patrick's Day Luncheon for over twenty years and this year's crowd and donations didn't disappoint.

An Irish baked potato bar will be available along with garden salad, dessert and drinks was served and crowd goers got to enjoy some beautiful live music at the event. The money raised at this year's First Christian Church's St. Patrick's Day Luncheon went to benefit the Real Hope Youth Center.

Cottage Grove FD Annual Meeting  Set for Monday

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department annual meeting will be held on Monday March 20th. The meeting will be held at Cottage Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The potluck supper starts at 6pm, business meeting begins at 7pm.

HCSS Applying for Extending Learning Program Grants

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County School System is in the process of applying for a new cycle of grants for the extended learning programs. The purpose of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, CCLC, is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that focus on improved academic achievement, enrichment services that reinforce and complement the academic program, and family literacy and related educational development services.

The overall goal for Lottery for Education: After School Programs, LEAPs, is to provide Tennessee students with academic enrichment opportunities that reinforce and complement the regular academic programs.

The Henry County School System will be applying for the CCLC and LEAP grants for Harrelson, Henry, Lakewood, Grove, and HCHS. For more information, questions or comments contact Director of Federal Programs Susan Burton at 642-3101 or email burtons@henryk12.net.

BPU Flushing Hydrants Week of March 20th

Paris, Tenn.- The Paris Board of Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants during the week of March 20th. Customers of BPU could possibly experience air in water lines or discoloration in the water. Customers should check for discoloration prior to doing laundry. If these conditions occur, run water through the facet for a few minutes and the water should return to normal in a short time. If problems continue contact Director of Water and Wastewater Operations Tony Brown at 642-1322 ext. 115.

Reminder: VITA Taking Appointments for Tax Help

Paris, Tenn.- Remember the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA site continues to work on Tuesdays from Atkins Porter from 9am to 4:30pm. Anyone who is a senior citizen, disabled, or with income $54K or less will be able to have their taxes completed and filed for free thru VITA’s tax preparers.

To make an appointment, call weekdays, except Tuesdays, at 642-4178. The number will not be in operation on Tuesdays. Be sure and bring proof of identification, social security cards, and all tax pertinent information with you when you come for you appointment. E-filing and Earned Income Credits can be done thru the VITA preparers. VITA will be open Tuesdays thru March.


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