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From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Alex AuBuchon

Whole Hog Barbecue at Henry County Fairgrounds

Kenny Barber and James Brawner show off a whole hog, cooked for 17 hours at the Tennessee BBQ Association Championship of Champions (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Championship teams are putting the finishing touches on ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket and much more Saturday afternoon at the Henry County Fairgrounds Championship of Champions event.

Barbecue judging is scheduled to begin at approximately noon, and the public is more than welcome to attend.

Barbecue plates are available for $6, and several booths will offer free sauce tastings, product demonstrations, door prizes, and a raffle for a pellet cooker.

Metro Crime Unit Makes Forgery Arrest

Paris, Tenn.- According to a press release from Sgt. Ricky Watson of the PPD and Metro Crime Unit, officers with Paris's Metro Crime Unit arrested a woman Thursday on multiple counts of prescription forgery.

Kim Armas, age 43 of Highway 69 S, had allegedly been writing and calling in narcotics prescriptions for both herself and several family members at a local medical clinic without the approval of a doctor.

Armas was charged with multiple counts of forgery and was placed on $5,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, April 22.

Asian Carp Processing Plant Looking for Building

Paris, Tenn.- The Joint Economic Community Development Board met this week and CEO of the Henry County Alliance David Hamilton updated the board on the ongoing talks about starting up an Asian Carp Processing plant in Henry County.

Hamilton reported that several different buildings and facilities have been looked at and discussed with the potential investor but none of them are meeting his standards so far. Hamilton said the building can’t be all metal, and needs to at least have concrete footers getting the building off the ground to help mice and other rodents from gaining easy access inside the facility once Asian Carp is being processed.

The company wanting to put in the Asian Carp Processing plant is looking for a 10-15K square foot building, and can handle 32K gallons of sewer and water flowing each day.

County Mayor Brent Greer said the issue about the gallons of sewer and water needed is a very difficult specification to meet and discussions would have to go thru the Board of Public Utilities to see if this could be handled or what needed to be done to see if it could be handled in the future. Greer said the group is looking at neighboring counties like Houston and Stewart Counties.

Greer said, “economically we’d like to have an industry like this in Henry County, but we aren’t opposed to it being located in Houston or Stewart County and being a regional facility.” “We have to do something to try to control the Asian Carp in Kentucky Lake before they ruin our fishing population for catfish, bass, and other fish.”

Asian Carp is a delicacy in China and other Asian countries. If a processing facility happened to be built here, they would catch the carp out of Kentucky Lake then process them and can them, like sardines, to be shipped to Asia. Hamilton said we do have some land where a new facility can be built if none of the existing buildings meet his requirements. He went on to say, we will continue to work towards a solution.

JECDB Learns of Farm Tour; Farmer of the Year at Chamber Banquet

Paris, Tenn.- Hamilton reported to the Joint Economic Community Development Board an Agricultural Committee has been formed for the county to help stay on top the importance of farming to Henry County. He said they are trying to put together a Farm Tour for this summer. Buses will take participants to tour cattle operations, dairy farms, row crops, and Middleton Lumber. Hamilton said they plan on taking all commissioners for the county and city first, and then open up the farm tour to the public. Hamilton said Dickson County has done the Farm Tours and they’ve been very well attended.

Along the farm tour news, Hamilton said at this year’s Chamber Banquet will include a Conservationist/Farmer of the year award to go with the person of the year and business of the year.

The JECDB also learned that Carroll County, Bethel University, and Henry County have teamed up to bring the first ever Bassmaster High School Fishing Championship to the area this July. Two days of fishing will be held on Kentucky Lake and two days will be held at Carroll County’s 1000 acre lake.

WBFF Headquarters Opens at 10am Saturday

Paris, Tenn.- The 61st Annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry is will be soon and Saturday March 29th will be the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the WBFF Headquarters. Chris Martin, General Manager of this year’s World’s Biggest Fish Fry invites everyone to the Grand Opening of Headquarters at 10am on March 29th. The Fish Fry Souvenir Book dedication and Grand Marshal of this year’s Grand Parade will be revealed.

The WBFF Headquarters is located between Tin Roof Tobacco and The Revolving Door, and is provided by Dinkins Mobile Homes and Champion Homes. The location the Headquarters sets on is provided by Wyatt Owens.

Huge Crowd Shows Support for Sheriff Monte Belew

Sheriff Monte Belew speaks to the large crowd a his re-elect get together

Thursday night. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

A huge crowd was on hand for the event Thursday and were treated to BBQ and baked beans.

Paris, Tenn.- A rainy evening didn't deter a huge crowd from coming out to show their support for Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew at his Re-Elect get together party Thursday evening held at the Fairgrounds.

Around 1,000 people or more came and Sheriff Belew stood at the door and tried his best to shake hands and greet each and everyone of them.

Rookie Edwards introduced Sheriff Belew to the large crowd and spoke of several of the things he and the sheriff's office has recently done including the nearly 40 pound drug bust and active shooter training this week alone.

Monte thanked the crowd on hand and said, "when they asked why I was doing this since no one was running against me, I said I just want to thank everyone for their support." Monte then thanked the entire crew at the sheriff's office. He said, "We're a team and all the things that I do couldn't be possible without each and everyone of them working hard every single day."

Monte then thanked his family and made said a vey special thanks went to his biggest fan, his mama Ms. Jackie Belew. He joked, "she probably called most of you and threatened you to be here for this."

Monte's mom Jackie and daughter Ashley

at Thursday's get together.

Captain Damon Lowe of the Sheriff's office along with others pulled apart BBQ as four whole hogs were cooked and served along with about 18 gallons of baked beans as the crowd enjoyed a free meal.

Enterainment on the evening included Allie French and her dad Randall French early in the evening, followed by Vince Dodd, Tabitha McWherter, Kevin Ray and the Commonwealth Band performing later.

Young Allie French, peforms while dad Randall plays guitar.

The Common Wealth Band performs.

Patriots Win Streak Stands at 7

Huntingdon, Tenn.- So far this spring the weather has remained on the cool side, but its safe to say the Henry County Patriots Baseball Team has been red hot. The Patriots swept a double header in a tournament in Huntingdon Thursday afternoon to earn their 7th win a row.

The Patriots defeated Bruceton 12-0 in the first game at the tournament Thursday. Tyler Bomar led the offense with two hits and three RBIs. Also notching two hits were Evan Harrison and Josef Neumair. Knox davis pitched 4.1 innings for the Patriots and had 8 Ks in the victory.

In the second game, Henry County whipped Waverly 11-3. Senior Drake Walker had 4 hits and two RBIs in the win. Jared Pugh and Josef Neumair also drove in two runs a piece. Ethan Berry and Perry Atkins both pitched 3 strong innings a piece in the victory.

Henry County is now 8-2 on the season, 4-0 in District 10-AAA play. The Patriots will host Clarksville High Monday March 31st with varisty first pitch set for 6:30pm. WLZK 94.1FM will broadcast that game starting with the sports show at 5pm Monday night.

Band Performs At Walt Disney World Parade

Orlando, Florida- The Henry County Marching Patriots recently performed on Sunday March 23rd a the Magic Kindom Parade. The band thanks the community who bought chili dinner tickets, fruit, candy, cookbooks and more during their fundraising efforts. (Melanie Mitchell photo)

Metro Crime Unit Nets Drug Arrests

Paris, Tenn.- The Metro Crime Unit has made a few arrests in the last few days for drug possession. In one incident Alex C. Johnson, 22, of 1015 Locust Drive was charged with simple possession of schedule 2 and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was placed on $5K bond.

In another incident, the Metro Crime Unit charged Korey A. Rick, 20, of 302 Ogburn Street for possession of schedule 6 drug with intent and violation of child passenger restraint system. Bond was set at $5K.

Nored Apprehended On Gas Drive Off Thefts

Paris, Tenn.- Sgt. David Powell of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office has recently arrested and charged a man who had warrants on him for several gas thefts. Nazih Nored had warrants issued for his arrest last week after driving off without paying for gas multiple times. Nored was charged with theft and placed on $6K bond.

Puryear Man Possible Victim of a Scam

Puryear, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated a Puryear resident may have been the latest victim of an apparent scam. The victim informed deputies he had sent out over $1301 on Green Dot cards to a company in Texas called Cash Advance America. He said the company was supposedly getting him a $5K loan. After sending in the money, the company advised the victim they couldn’t use his bank to send the loan thru. He was advised to quit sending the money as the sheriff’s office continues to investigate.

Another report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a trailer and gas grill valued at over $800 was stolen from a home on Cypress Road. Police have no suspects at this time and are continuing to investigate.

Reminder: Public Health Staff Going Door to Door for Community Assestment Training Excercise Thurs. and Fri.

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County residents may get an unexpected knock on the door this week. The Henry County Health Department and the West Tennessee Regional Health Department, in conjunction with the Henry County Emergency Management Agency, will be conducting door-to-door interviews as part of a training exercise on Thursday and Friday, March 27 and 28.

Staff members from various health departments and volunteers will be interviewing a selection of residents using a rapid assessment tool called CASPER which stands for “Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response.” The CASPER questions will help local officials gain knowledge about our residents’ level of preparedness and where they might go to seek help in a disaster.

In the event of an emergency, the CASPER methodology allows officials to rapidly assess the status of a community by visiting pre-selected parts of census tracts and surveying residents during a crisis. Answers to questions such as the extent of injuries and illness, whether residents have adequate supplies of food and water, or if utilities might not be operating help improve emergency response.

Teams out working in the community will be clearly identified by neon green safety vests and will be wearing identifying badges. Residents in targeted neighborhoods in the county may be visited in the afternoon on March 27 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and if needed, during the morning on March 28. Workers will be in teams of two or three. Residents will be asked questions such as whether they have an emergency plan, whether people in their family might need special help during an emergency and where they might evacuate if needed. NO PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL BE COLLECTED.

The Henry County Health Department, the West Tennessee Regional Health Department and the Henry County Emergency Management Agency appreciate your help in making the public aware of this training exercise to improve the emergency response system.

Re-Elect Sheriff Belew Get Together Will Be Thursday

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew invites everyone out to his Re-Elect Sheriff Belew get together party on Thursday March 27th from 5-8pm at the Henry County Fairgrounds Community Building. There will be free BBQ and baked beans and live music from Kevin Ray and the Commonwealth Band with special guests Vince Dodd, Randall French and his daughter, and Tabitha Myrick. Donations for the campaign are accepted and appreciated.

Lady Pats Lose Tough One to Clarksville High 3-2

Clarksville, Tenn.- The Lady Patriots Softball team lost to Clarksville High 3-2 Tuesday night with the Lady Wildcats scoring two runs in the bottom of the last inning to win it. Both teams had previously been undefeated in district play. Celie Hudson pitched a complete game in the loss and Julie Medlock drove in both runs with a double for Henry County.

Avalon Hospice Ribbon Cutting Held Tuesday

Melanie Hyatt, center with scissors, and her staff at Avalon Hospice, 1020 Tyson Avenue in Paris, were joined by Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce supporters (from left) Tony Lawrence, Paris Parks and Recreation; Gaines Hedges, Paris Post-Intelligener; Chip Anderson, Bone and Joint Specialists; Chamber President Andrea Lamb, Commercial Bank; and Jennifer Hayden, Hamilton-Ryker. (Chamber photo)

Spaghetti Supper Set For Saturday to Help Cottage Grove Youngster Reach Music City Bugle and Drum Corp

Cottage Grove, Tenn.- Cottage Grove youngster Brent Davis recently went to speak with Cottage Grove Mayor Mike Waddey, who is also  the preacher at Cottage Grove Baptist Church, about praying to help him find a way to attend the Music City Drum and Bugle Corp. Cottage Grove churches and the community as a whole has jumped in full force to help Brent out.

Brent was selected and invited to attend the Music City Drum and Bugle Corp, because of his talents, but the cost is $3500 and money is very tight in his family as he lives with his grandma. Cottage Grove has come together for an impromptu Spaghetti Supper this Saturday March 29th to help raise money to try to send Brent to the Drum and Bugle Corp.

The spaghetti supper will be held from 4-7pm this Saturday at the Cottage Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. There will be spaghetti and all the trimmings and entertainment by the Charles Ross Family. Any and all donations are accetpted, please spread the word about this event.

HCMC Board of Trustees Mull De-Licensing 14 Beds at Healthcare Center

Tim Alsobrooks photo

Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday night’s Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees meeting, CEO and Hospital Administrator Tom Gee discussed the idea of de-licensing 14 beds and adding more private rooms to the Henry County Healthcare Center.

The Healthcare center has 150 beds, but Gee said due to the economy and the continued increase of long term care at home being handled by the family, de-licensing 14 beds would help save several thousand dollars in state fees each year.

Sandy Ray, director of the Healthcare Center, told the board she thought the addition of the private rooms would perhaps entice more people to choose long term care at the Healthcare Center. Ray said we are not the only place having issues keeping beds full, nearly every nursing home in the state is seeing less and less census.

Gee told the board he would bring back full recommendations and cost savings at April’s board meeting. Ray advised that if we are going to de-license any beds, it needs to be done with the state before July 1st.

State Still Not Expected to Expand Medcaid Rolls

During his administrative comments, Gee told the board that he attended the THA Board meeting with Governor Haslam and found it was very unlikely that he could convince the legislature to expand the Medcaid rolls in Tennessee.

Gee said the Federal Government has temporarily suspended further audits by the Recovery Audit Contractors due to the problems with the program. Gee said this is good for hospitals that have been subject to unreasonable and capricious audits of past bills which are causing increased costs and lower reimbursement.

The medical center will be receiving about $80-90K in reimbursement from TennCare MCOs for outpatient fees. Gee said this is a plan to bring all rate fees within a corridor of upper and lower rates. The hospital inpatient rates already fall in the corridor.

New Orthopedic Surgeon Slated to Come to Paris in July

Paris, Tenn.- The board of trustees learned that Mark Cutright will be starting his new orthopedic surgeon practice in July. Cutright comes to HCMC from Springfield, having worked in a similar size community and hospital.

Gee told board members the Operating Room construction project is ongoing as preliminary meetings have taken place with architects on the expansion of the OR space that was approved at February’s board meeting. The board also approved moving the purchasing functions to Resource Group which is a purchasing arm of Ascension Health System. By switching to Resource and Ascension, they will be part of the St. Thomas Hospital Network and project saving on supplies over $1M in the course of a year.

JC Educational Office Supply/Furniture Hosts Chamber Coffee

Paris, Tenn.- Dan Jackson, pictured above,

welcomed Chamber members to the Chamber

Coffee at his business, JC Educational Office

Supply and Furniture on Tuesday morning.

In the bottom photo, City Manager Carl

Holder Celebrates his birthday at the Chamber Coffee

(Chamber photos)


Project Round-Up Sends over $78K to Local Organizations

Paris, Tenn.- The board of directors for the Paris Board of Public Utilities met on Tuesday and accepted the audit for the Board of Public Utilities Trust, Incorporated, or Project Round-Up for the fiscal year 2013.

Project Round-Up was started about 12 years ago and it is where BPU customers can voluntarily decide to round up their bills every month to the nearest whole dollar. The rounded-up money then is tallied up and given to organizations, clubs, and other non-profit groups in Paris and Henry County.

In the 2013 Fiscal Year, BPU customers helped raise $78,200 for 39 different organizations. Amounts varied per recipient and ranged from $5000 to $400.

Some of the organizations receiving Round-Up monies include the county’s volunteer fire departments, R.E.A.L. Hope Youth Center, Literacy Council, Archives, Plus Endowment, Schools, Youth Sports teams and more. If any BPU customer that doesn’t participate in Project Round-Up and would like to start, just call the BPU office at 642-1322.

LED Street Lights A Possibiliy In the Near Future

Paris, Tenn.- The BPU board briefly discussed the idea of possibly looking at implementing more LED street lights around the city in the future. General Manager John Etheridge said the Paris Housing Authority had recently purchased LED lighting and equipment for Vernon Place and BPU installed it for them. Etheridge said we are going to use it as a pilot program to possibly move to more LED street lights in the future in other parts of the city.

The LED street lights are supposed to be maintenance free for 10 years and should lower costs compared to the current lights. The color put off by LED lights is also a softer white color, instead of the orange glow.

Etheridge said BPU owns the street lights, but the cities pay bills and putting in the LED lights could save the cities some money on energy bills. Etheridge also reported that they have looked at possible LED security lights for one location. He told the board he didn’t need any action right now, but wanted to inform them BPU is thinking and planning on possible future expansion of LED street lights.

Cold Winter Equates to Higher Sales for Electric Dept.

Paris, Tenn.- During the financial reports, Etheridge told BPU board members that colder winter weather has shown increased sales in the Electric Department, with January being the highest month, and February and March on a downward trent, which is good news for customers. He reported overall Year to Date sales for the electric department is about 2% higher than the same time last year. Etheridge said the cash position is better than last year’s and net income is down some, but overall financials for the Electric Department are in good shape.

Cash position was up about $27K in the water department and over $151K in the wastewater department. Etheridge told the board that he and director of Water and Wastewater operations Terry Wimberly have discussed some small rehab projects in the wastewater department they may try to tackle since they do have some extra cash right now.

BPU Construction Projects Moving Along

Wimberly also informed the BPU board that Jacobs Engineering is still working on numbers concerning the future of the Water Treatment Plan. He said they plan to have those at April’s board meeting and he advised board members they would look at three sets of numbers.

Wimberly said we can compare the costs of building a new structure to rehab the current plant. Also when looking at the possibility of building a new plant, he told the board we will look at cost for a plant similar to the current one with the same processes used now, in addition to costs for a newer, smaller, plant with newer technologies that combine some processes with less equipment needed.

Cole Edwards, director of Electric Operations at BPU, said the Electric Warehouse project is moving along and they could start moving dirt on it later this week if the weather stays dry. He said it looks to be a 4-6 month project and hopes are to move into the Electric Warehouse by this fall, depending on weather.

Four Charged in Guthrie Road Theft

Paris, Tenn.- A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that a call came into dispatch Monday about a break-in in progress on Guthrie Road. Witnesses saw four subjects carrying items out of the home and three of the subjects got into a white car, while the fourth got into a pickup truck.

Sgt. Lance Perry stopped a car matching the description and three subjects were inside it along with a TV and a microwave. When questioned about being at the Guthrie Road break-in they did admit to some things, but everyone’s story was different.

Moments later Cpl. Milton Webb stopped a truck fitting the description given that drove off from the area. His story was also different. Officers arrested all four subjects: Harold Jason Turner, age 40, of 503 Bain Road, Randall L. Curtis, 57, of 1100 Allen Avenue, Tristen M. Teague, 18, of 1002 Dunlap, and Shemona M. Teague, 37, of 721 Spruce Street. All four were charged with aggravated burglary.

In other report at the sheriff’s office a woman on Guthrie Road called to report her nephew had stolen almost $8K worth of jewelry. The report said the woman saw her nephew go into her bedroom. Since then she noticed gold wedding rings, a high school ring, a collection of State quarters, and other items missing. Police continue to investigate the incident with no charges on anyone at this time.

Huntingdon Police Charge Two Parisians With Theft; Meth Manufacture

Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department was called to a local retail store in regards to shoplifting. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the store security who advised that he had two subjects in custody, Robin Blanton of Terry Lane in Paris  and her husband Jason Blanton also of Terry Lane in Paris.

According to the report, Mr. Blanton did have items on his person and his wife had taken a pack of Galaxy Phone Shields. After asking for identification Mrs Blanton stated she did not have her id on her but was in their vehicle. After being escorted out to the vehicle which turned out to be an 18 wheeler, the odor of ether which can be used in the making of methamphetamine was noticed

Officers were given permission to search the vehicle and discovered a make up bag containing syringes and a spoon with residue. Upon further searching, other items were found for the making of methamphetamine. Needle marks were found on the subjects arms and both admitted to being on methamphetamine.

Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Carroll County jail for theft under $500, initiation to manufacture methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. While at the jail, the phone shields were discovered on Mrs. Blanton. The 18 wheeler was locked and left in the parking lot and the company that  owned the truck was advised of the incident and stated they would have someone come and get the truck the next day. 

Pats Win 4th Straight; Now 3-0 in the District

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County won their 4th game in a row Monday night, improving to 3-0 in the district by defeating Kenwood at home 6-3 in baseball action. Drake Walker started for the Patriots and pitched 5 innings and Hunter Bethune got the save with two innings of work. The Patriots scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st helped by an RBI double from Walker and single from Josef Neumair. Henry County was suppose to be at Kenwood Tuesday, but the game has been moved to Wednesday because of the cold, wet weather.

VITA Open for the Last Time on Tuesday; Walk-ins Welcome

Paris, Tenn.- Tuesday March 25th will be the last day that VITA Tax preparation center will be open in 2014. They have several appointments on Tuesday morning, but VITA site coordinator Carole Walsh said that anyone that wants come by and get free tax assistance from certified tax preparers can come by Tuesday afternoon and they will get to as many as possible.

Anyone who made less than $52K last year can get their taxes prepared and filed for free through VITA. Be sure and bring a photo ID, social security cards, birthdates for everyone on the tax return, W-2s and other vital tax information. Call Carole Walsh at 642-4178.

Reminder: Knights of Columbus Ravioli Lunch is Tuesday

Paris, Tenn.- The Knights of Columbus will hold their Ravioli Lunch and Dinner benefiting Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Medical Clinic on Tuesday March 25. The meals will be served at Holy Cross Catholic Church Family Life Center. Lunch will be served from 11:30-1pm and dinner will be served 5:30-7pm. Take out is available and lunch delivery is available for 5 or more orders.

The meal includes ravioli with homemade sauce, salad, drink and dessert. Cost is $9 for single adult or $25 for a family meal. Children under 5 eat free. For delivery of lunch orders please call 642-0600.

Nearly 40 Pounds of Marijuana Recovered in Bust

Sheriff Monte Belew speaks at Monday morning's press conference along with several law enforcement officials including Lt. Tom Lankford of the Paris Police Department, Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo, Sgt. Ricky Watson with the Metro Crime Unit and PPD, a representative of the 24th Judicial Drug Task Force, and Henry Police Chief David Andrews (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Several local law enforcement agencies held a press conference Monday morning to announce that three arrests were made and nearly 40 pounds of marijuana as well as paraphernalia were recovered from a home on Lumber Street in Henry, Tenn.

According to Sheriff Monte Belew, the investigation began when the McKenzie post office reported a suspicious package addressed to the home on Friday morning, March 21st.

The Henry County Sheriff's Office and Paris Police Department went to investigate the package along with two K-9 units, PPD Sgt. Ramos's K-9 Kenzee and Sheriff Belew's K-9 Si.

Both dogs alerted on the package, providing enough evidence for a search warrant.

Officers with the Metro Crime Unit, Henry County Sheriff's Office, Paris Police Department, Puryear Police Department and Henry Police Department then set up surveillance on the home, exercising the search warrant once the package was delivered.

39.5 pounds of marijuana were recovered from the package, and scales, baggies and other drug paraphernalia were also recovered.

Three individuals were arrested during the operation; Stephen Porter, Quocus Fitzon Gilliam and Tomika Wharton were each charged with possession of a Schedule VI substance with intent to distribute and simple possession of drug paraphernalia. All three are being held on $100,000 bond and are shceduled to appear in General Sessions Court March 25th.

It is suspected that the package was sent from San Antonio. The sender used a masking agent to attempt to cover up the smell of the package, but both Kenzee and Si were able to alert on the package.

PPD Lt. Tom Lankford praised each agency involved for the extremely professional manner in which the surveillance operation and search warrant were conducted.

The marijuana recovered has a street value between $30,000 and $40,000. Sheriff Belew said this was the largest bust in Henry County since he became Sheriff, and is one of the largest in Henry County history.

K-9 units Kenzee (L) and Si (R) were instrumental in Friday's bust (Tim Alsobrooks photo).

HCSO Holds Active Shooter Training Session at PES

SROs, Bufod Taylor, (L) and Rodney Littleton (R) track down the first of two active shooters

in a training session held Monday at Paris Elementary. Officer Clyde Sulcer is playing the role of the active shooter. (Tim Alsobrooks photos)

Clyde Sulcer, officer at HCSO, played the role of

active shooter in one of the sessions.

Paris, Tenn.- School Resource Officers and other officers from the Henry County Sheriffs Office were at Paris Elementary School on Monday participating in an active shooter drill.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said “since the school systems are on spring break this week, we used the opportunity to bring in our School Resource Officers and go over active shooter drills throughout the day.” We hope we never have to see a real circumstance, but we want to make sure we practice on what to do if that ever did occur.”

It was a cooperative effort on Monday from the TBI, Sheriff’s Office, Paris Police Department, Henry County EMS, Henry County Emergency Management Agency, and 911 dispatchers. Some officers played the role of injured civilians during the drills, there was one or at times two active shooters, and then the SRO made the initial call to 911 about the active shooter situation.

At least one or two other officers arrived as quick as possible for backup in the scenarios. And after each drill, Captain Damon Lowe led a briefing on what each participant saw and thought during the drill. One issue that was brought up was how dark it was, even in the daytime in some of the hallways and hard to see, so they realized the importance of having a flash light on their tool belt.

Each school in the Henry County School System and Paris Special School District has an SRO in the school. Sheriff Belew said on their toolbelt, the officer is equipped with a pistol among other things.

Belew said they are going to continue to try to hold these types of drills at the different schools in the county at least once a semester going forward. He said, “God forbid this ever happens, but we want to try to prepare for possible scenarios.  

Bruce Alexander and Michele Brewer played the roles of victims who were shot during the training.

Captain Damon Lowe (top photo) and those who participated in the training held a briefing after each scenario to describe what they were seeing and hearing during each step in the process. They idenfitifed issues and concerns that could come up if there was a real sceneario involving a shooter during a school session.

HC Cross Country Does Well At West Creek Ribbon Run

Clarksville, Tenn.- Henry County Track and Field competed in the 4th Annual West Creek High School Ribbon Race in Clarksville Saturday and came away with several top finishes. Anyone who finished in the top 3 received a medal and those placing in the top 8, were awarded points for the district season.

For the Lady Patriot runners: Kaity Beth James finished in 3rd place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:41 and placed 6th place in the 1600 meters with a  time of 5:54.

The Patriots placed 6th overall out of 14 teams at the meet on Saturday at West Creek. Javan Winders came in 2nd place in the 800 meters with a time of 2:06. The Patriots 4 x 800 meter relay finished 3rd place as Harrison Robins, Pierce Atkins, Nathan Condeelis, and Javan Winders ran that race.

Other top finishers included Jarritt Beasley took 5th place in the 100 meters and 7th place in the long jump. The team of Micheal St. Clair, Chase Arnold, Dallas Abraham and Javan Winders captured 5th place in the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 4:01. The team of Tanner Williams, Chase Arnold, Micheal St. Clair, and Cayden Hernandez took 8th place in the 4 x 200 relay with a time of 1:50

Paris Police Investigate Possible Gun Shot Fired at McDonald's

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Police Department officers responded to reports of shots fired in the McDonald's parking lot on Mineral Wells Avenue Saturday Night at approximately 9 PM.

According to police dispatch, no injuries were reported on the scene, and officers were unable to find any evidence correlating with a shooting.

PPD Investigates Thefts Over the Weekend

Paris, Tenn.- A yard sign promoting Randi Allen French as Henry County Trustee candidate was stolen recently from an Elizabeth Street home, according to Paris Police Department reports.

The complainant contacted both French and the City of Paris; neither were responsible for removing the sign.

No suspects were listed in Ptl. James’s report, no charges have been filed, and there is no further information available at this time.

Several items were stolen from a home on Hardy Street, according to Paris Police Department reports.

Over $275 worth of various household items were taken from the home. The complainant said this was the fifth time this month items were stolen from the house or car, but that no reports were filed as the complainant fears being labeled a snitch in the neighborhood.

The Paris Police Department is currently investigating this theft and has no suspects at this time.

Patriot Peddlers and Pickers Yard Sale Saturday at HCHS

HCHS Life Skills teacher Ascenith Luker and Education Support Professional Clarisse Jones supervised the Life Skills booth, which sold candles and other items students made in class (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Henry County High School held its first-ever Patriot Peddlers and Pickers yard sale and flea market in the atrium of E Building Saturday from 8 until 1.

A wide variety of clubs and organizations set up booths at the event, including FFA, FBLA, both E.W. Grove and HCHS chapters of FCCLA, HOSA, the Criminal Justice club, the Patriots Bookstore, the HCHS Art Club, History Club, the Journalism department, HCHS Life Skills class, and even community organizations like Girl Scout Troop 1420.

Most of the booths sold standard yard sale and flea market fare, from furniture to clothes and shoes to books and much more, but some organizations had unique offerings tied to the high school.

The History Club and Journalism department sold a large collection of old HCHS yearbooks dating back to the early 1980s.

The FFA organization sold potted plants and other items grown in the HCHS greenhouse.

The Art Club sold artwork produced both in and out of class by member students, and offered face painting at their booth as well.

Also, the Life Skills / Pre-Vocational Skills course at the high school sold a variety of candles, lotions and candle melts produced in class by life skills students.

According to teacher Ascenith Luker, the life skills students raised approximately $300 which will go towards instructional materials for cooking and other life skills, as well as additional craft materials.

Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor Betsy Allison said over 300 people came through the flea market, and over $2,000 was raised between each organization.

Based on the sale’s success, Allison said the school would likely plan to make the Patriot Peddlers and Pickers sale a yearly event.

"We Still Like Mike" Wilson Campaign Rally Held Saturday

Event workers struggle to keep up with the hundreds of items donated to Saturday's silent auction (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Paris, Tenn.- Friends to Re-elect Mike Wilson as Circuit Court Clerk held their "We Still Like Mike" Celebration and Rally Saturday at the former DMT Furniture building.

The event offered live music and a variety of cobblers from local chef Aaron Dolberry, a photo booth, and an enormous silent auction featuring over 200 items donated from friends and supporters.

Items in the silent auction ranged from paintings to food to furniture, and also included an antique fire truck toy set up as a fundraiser for Darren Webb, the Mansfield Assistant Fire Chief and Tennessee Department of Forestry fireman that suffered serious injuries in a 40-foot fall from a tree last Tuesday.

Saturday's event also included a Kid's Zone complete with inflatable supervised by the New Harmony Baptist Church youth group (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Webb returned home one week ago, and faces several weeks of occupational and physical therapy.

Wilson also passed a fireman's hat at one point during the event, raising over $475 to help with medical expenses and travel to and from Vanderbilt.

The rally also offered a "Kids' Zone" with arcade basketball, mini-golf and face painting, as well as a large inflatable all supervised by the New Harmony Baptist Church youth group.

Wilson's campaign supporters estimated well over 300 people attended the event, and were unable to provide an estimate on the silent auction items at publication time.

Mike Wilson is the incumbent Circuit Court Clerk and is running against Lisa Wade and Daniel Powell in the May 6 Henry County Primary Election.

Mike Wilson raised well over $500 for Darren Webb, the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief who sustained serious injuries after a 40-foot fall from a tree last week (Alex AuBuchon photo).

Championship of Champions BBQ Cookoff Set March 28-29

Citizens Can Purchase BBQ Plates, Take Part in Event

Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Fairgrounds will be the location of a Championship of Champions as the Tennessee BBQ Association will hold a championship cook off on Friday and Saturday March 28th and 29th.

Between 20 and 30 BBQ cooking teams, with cookers from four states, will be competing at the event which is by invitation only, pitting the best BBQ cookers in the southeast against one another for to crown a champion of champions.

Only top finishers in co-sanctioned TN BBQ Association events throughout the season have been invited to the championship cook-off which will be held at the Henry County Fairgrounds March 28-29th.

The Grand Champion will win $1000 and a unique custom built trophy and the reserve champion will win $500 and a unique custom built trophy. Trophies for first thru third places will be given in all categories as well including chicken, ribs, pork butts/shoulder, and beef brisket.

The Championship BBQ Cookoff is sponsored and supported by the Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Paris Association, and the Henry County Fair Association. The competition will be broadcast on BSPN, the BBQSuperstarts Sports Network, via the website, bbqsuperstars.com.

Citizens are welcome to come and witness the competition and there will be many activities and events to participate in as well. There will be BBQ plates for sell for $6 a piece during the day Saturday March 29th. Also event comers may take part in drawings for door prizes such as BBQ sauce, bags of pellets and charcoal, and the public can also purchase raffle tickets to win a Tailgate Pellet Cooker and many other things.

The public can also view whole hog cooking demonstrations and take part in sauce tastings as several BBQ and steak sauces will be on hand to taste and purchase.

Many booths will be set up both with local products and companies and national companies such as Green Mountain Grills, Dagels’ Gourmet Sauces, Frontrier Charcoal and more.

BBQ Pittmasters will roll into the fairgrounds Friday evening where they will be welcomed by a Fish Fry from government officials and more. Cooking will get going late Friday night and judging of the categories will begin around noon or so on Saturday. The BBQ plates for $6 will be available around 11am on Saturday as well.

"Attractive Nuisance" Cleaned Up on Washington Street

Paris Public Works Crews Cleaning Up after Several Complaints

Paris Public Works Crews Use the bulldozer and front end loader to clean up a huge mess in fron of this property on East Washington Street. (Tammie Garner photos)

Paris, Tenn.- Paris Public Works Crews were busy Friday morning cleaning up what the city ordinance and City Manager Carl Holder called an ‘attractive nuisance’ at a property on East Washington Street.

Holder said the city has worked and worked after numerous complaints trying to find a solution to the mounds of clothes, trinkets and other items that have set outside the property for many weeks and months.

Holder said after the person who owned the items on the property did seem to cooperate, the city got in touch with the property owner and advised him that it was indeed his responsibility to stay in line with the city ordinance on junk piles, yard sales, etc.

One ordinance states that if the owner allows them to, city crews will clean up what is labeled as an attractive nuisance. The owner of the property gave permission and public works crews used the loader and dump trucks among other things to start cleaning up the area Friday. Holder stated, “We’ve been more than patient with the whole situation, and after several complaints from citizens it was time to get something done to help clean up the area.”

The front of this property had been cluttered with mounds of clothes, trinkets, and other things for months before crews cleaned it up Friday morning.

Knights of Columbus Ravioli Dinner is March 25th

Paris, Tenn.- The Knights of Columbus will hold their Ravioli Lunch and Dinner benefiting Tomorrow’s Hope Pregnancy Medical Clinic on Tuesday March 25. The meals will be served at Holy Cross Catholic Church Family Life Center. Lunch will be served from 11:30-1pm and dinner will be served 5:30-7pm. Take out is available and lunch delivery is available for 5 or more orders.

The meal includes ravioli with homemade sauce, salad, drink and dessert. Cost is $9 for single adult or $25 for a family meal. Children under 5 eat free. For delivery of lunch orders please call 642-0600.

WMUF/WLZK Teaming up with HCHS to Hold Candidate Forum

Event Will Be April 1st at Little Theatre

Paris, Tenn.- WMUF/WLZK will once again partner up with students from Henry County High School in a service learning project to present a candidate forum on Tuesday evening April 1st beginning at 5:30pm at the Little Theatre at the high school. Students in Ms. Pam McCord’s classes and Mr. David Huber’s classes are going to come up with questions that will be asked candidates who are running for election in the upcoming May 6th primary.

Letters have been sent to all candidates running for election from WMUF News Director Tim Alsobrooks inviting them to be at the forum. Each candidate will be given a two minute opening statement, followed by questions pertaining to the race, then a two minute closing statement. No candidates have seen nor will be allowed to see or know what the questions are prior to the forum.

The public is invited to attend the forum at the Little Theatre on April 1st. Students will be at the event serving as ushers showing the public to the theatre from the front entrance to HCHS. Also students will create a brochure that will be handed out detailing events of the evening. Some students in the media classes will help WMUF/WLZK put on the broadcast.

If you can’t make it to the forum, it will be broadcast on WLZK 94.1FM starting at 5:30pm and it will also be available on our website at wmufradio.com.


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