From News Director Tim Alsobrooks, Assistant and Weekend News Director Shannon McFarlin
Henry County Enveloped in Heavy Fog Saturday Morning
Paris, Tenn.-Dense fog began building overnight and made travel difficult until it wore off with the sunlight Saturday morning. It did make for some spooky scenes at Maplewood Cemetery. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Henry County 4-H Speakers Offer Tough Competition
Left to right: Steele Schoeberl, Paul Atkins, Lewis O'Neal, Murray Perkins, Cameron Cooper. (Staci Foy photo).
Henry County 4-H members competing in the sub-regional 4-H public speaking contest in Clarksville came home with ribbons.
Lewis O’Neal, a Lakewood student, competed in the fourth grade division and was awarded first place. Paul Atkins, student at Paris Elementary School, was Henry County’s representative for the fifth grade, where he was awarded second place. The sixth grade speaker was Steele Schoeberl, from Lakewood school and he was awarded first place in his division. Also a Lakewood student, Murray Perkins was the first place speaker in the seventh grade. Eighth grade Harrelson student Cameron Cooper earned the first place award in his division.
The five youth were the county winners in their grade divisions at the Henry County public speaking contest. They competed against other winners from Benton, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties.
According to Extension Agent Staci Foy, Henry County was well represented by some very talented speakers at the contest. They worked hard, with the help of parents and teachers, to prepare for this contest, she said. For more information about 4-H in Henry County, contact UT Extension at 642-2941.
25 Acres of Woodland Destroyed in Fire
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Fire Department and Forestry Department responded to a report of a brush fire at 1 p.m. Thursday on Donald Lane. The brush fire destroyed 25 acres of woods and brush.
Assistant Paris Fire Chief Randall Jones said no structures were destroyed. The cause is undetermined, he said. The departments cleared the scene at 2:30 p.m.
PD Makes DUI, Public Intoxication Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-The Paris Police Department was called to 711 Hardy Street on a report of an unruly person. According to the report, someone at the home reported he was intoxicated, yelling and cussing.
When Patrolman Steve McClure arrived, he found Johnny Staggs, age 52 of 710 Morton Street. According to his report, McClure said he could smell the odor of alcohol and that Staggs was slurring his words.
Staggs was arrested for public intoxication and a bond of $250 was set
In a separate incident, Patrolman Jamie James spotted a van on Caldwell Street without a brake light and during the traffic stop, could smell alcohol on the driver. The driver also failed sobriety tests.
Arrested was Michael Wayne Christopher, age 63, 105 Wynn St, for DUI second offense. Bond of $1,500 was set.
Tennessee River Trail Campaign Wins National Award
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway, threading through nine counties along the Tennessee River, recently blazed a new trail as the project team behind the marketing effort and audio tour won a prestigious “ADDY” in the recent awards competition.
The trail moves through Henry County.
With more than 60,000 entries annually, the ADDY Awards is the world’s largest advertising competition representing the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types. The Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway won a silver award in the Public Service Integrated Campaign category.
The Tennessee River Trail Scenic Byway is comprised of 440 miles of two lane roads meandering through picturesque countryside through nine counties along the eastern and western banks of the Tennessee River. The Scenic Highways/Tennessee Parkways is part of the National Scenic Byways Program designed to recognize and showcase outstanding cultural, historical, archeological, recreational, natural and scenic resources along Tennessee’s public highways. The program supports local and regional scenic highway organizations in their quest for National Byways funding and recognition.
Chicks and Ducks are Cute, But Not a Good Easter Gift
-Risk of Human Salmonella Infections from Contact with Live Poultry -
Nashville – Cuddly baby chicks and ducks are as much a part of the Easter holiday as colored eggs and the Easter bunny. But even though they are fun to look at and kids love them, you should not give them as gifts because of the health risks involved.
Live poultry, especially baby poultry, commonly carry Salmonella germs. People can get Salmonella from contact with the birds or their environments. These germs can contaminate a bird’s body and anything in the area where they are displayed or housed, such as cages or coops.
In recent years, many outbreaks have been linked to handling live poultry purchased from agricultural feed stores and mail-order hatcheries. In these outbreaks thousands of people became ill, hundreds were hospitalized, and several deaths occurred.
“Even healthy-appearing chickens and ducks can carry germs that are potentially harmful to humans, especially children,” says Tennessee Department of Health Epidemiologist Tim Jones, M.D. “We recommend families enjoy the many means of celebrating this season, but leave handling of live poultry to people trained in their appropriate care.”
Poultry, such as baby chicks, seem to arrive in feed stores and co-ops just in time for Easter, but this is simply a coincidence as spring and summer is a typical breeding season for chickens. TDA and the Tennessee Department of Health are working together to distribute information to feed and farm stores by supplying posters with information on proper handling of poultry that can be displayed for their customers.
“We're working with farm and feed suppliers to ensure the protection of both the animals and people who may come in contact with them,” said State Veterinarian, Charles Hatcher. “We want to support poultry projects and production uses such as backyard flocks and FFA and 4-H projects while also informing the consumer.”
Do not let children younger than five, elderly persons, or people with weak immune systems handle chicks, ducklings or other live poultry. If you do come into contact with live poultry, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after.
It’s important to protect the welfare of the animal as well as the human. Caring for animals requires long term commitment. Many people who buy poultry as a gift sometimes forget this fact. And remember, it is illegal to dye a chick a different color.
Hospital Board Approves Purchase of Eagle Creek Clinic
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday night and approved acquiring the Eagle Creek Clinic, which is located in the strip mall in front of Meo Mios near the lake, for the price of $22,000. Hospital Administrator and CEO Tom Gee told the board that they had been approached by Dr. Evans to purchase the clinic some time ago.
Gee said Dr. Portis and Physician's Assistant Tonya Nash manages the clinic and would stay on there if the medical center purchased Eagle Creek. Gee said the clinic did have a net income loss of around $31K last year but it has improved from when it first started. He said the clinic has lots of potential to continue to grow and could bring value and be profitable for the medical center in the future.
Gee said with increased marketing, using the hospitals own pharmacy and increasing the volume at Eagle Creek Clinic he felt they could at the very least make it break even or even operate in the black. The offer of $22K from the hospital is for the hard assets and the lease on the building. CFO Lisa Casteel assured the board the medical center is not buying their accounts receivable or any other leases on anything except the building.
Sequestration Cuts Go Into Effect Monday; Will Impact HCMC
Paris, Tenn.- During his administrative comments on Thursday Gee told board members that the sequestration cuts at the federal government level will go into effect starting Monday April 1st and will impact the medical center. He said they will see a 2% reduction in Medicare funds and would likely result in about $492K loss over time for HCMC.
The decision not to expand Medicaid thru TennCare made by the governor earlier this week will also have a potential impact on the medical center. Gee said that while the governor announced not to expand thru TennCare, in talks he has had with Governor Haslam there is some discussion of a Tennessee only plan that involves subsidizing the TennCare funds into other opportunities for expansion of Medicare. But with the legislature recesses in April if the no plan is in place, Gee said the medical center would likely see cuts and loss of funds for part of the year or a full year until a plan is accepted by the federal government and approved.
Coke or Pepsi, HCMC Mulls Soft Drink Contract Dilemas
More from Thursday’s Henry County Medical Center board of trustee’s meeting saw discussion on a soft drink contract sort of stall out around possibly re-bidding everything out.
Gee brought the issue up to the board because of it becoming what he termed as a ‘political football’ after administration had reviewed the contracts and originally awarded the soft drink contract to Coca-Cola. After bidding out the contract for food services, Pepsi actually came in as the low bidder about $700-1400 lower than Coke, depending on what you look at Gee said. Administration felt that amount was not significant enough to change out the entire product line of Coke to the less popular Pepsi.
Pepsi expressed dissatisfaction with the decision and had their attorney contact the medical center and said they would honor whatever Coke honored as far as the contract.
Gee explained that he knew the local ramifications of this might be put in a bad light as Pepsi Mid America is a local Henry County company with employees that use their facilities. Kreg Kyle, trustee and Henry County Commissioner, also said that point had been brought up to him and was a concern considering tax payers and local business.
Another point was that it might be possible to get Coke or Pepsi to do a contract to include all of the vending services not just food service and save some money for the medical center. Board Chairman Phil Wichlan suggested that perhaps a re-bidding of the contract after seeing if either would do entire vending services and save money for the medical center. No formal action was taken by the board and administration will continue to work on the issue and perhaps have a decision next month.
Man Charged with Public Intoxication and Drug Paraphernalia Poss.
Paris, Tenn.- Ptl. Amber Roaten of the Paris Police Department responded to a call of a possible break-in at Paula Kelly’s Florist on Wood Street Wednesday. Once on the scene, she located the man and identified him as John Capehart, age 36 of 1203 E. Blythe Street. Capehart told her he didn’t know he was at a business and thought it was somewhere else. Ptl. Roaten could smell alcohol and Capehart admitting having drank some alcohol.
A search of his person and a backpack he had with him produced digital scales, five empty canisters of synthetic marijuana and some rolling papers. Capehart was charged with public intoxication and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Counterfeit Bills Now Showing Up in other Parts of Henry County
Buchanan, Tenn- Counterfeit $20s are now beginning to pop up in other parts of the county after being concentrated in the city limits of Paris for the past few weeks. A report at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office stated that two counterfeit $20s were attempted to be passed at Paris Landing Trading Post. The woman who attempted to pass them said she got one from her grandmother and the other from either Walmart or Lowe’s. The grandmother also told police later in the day that she had two $20s that were counterfeit at Howell’s Resort. Local authorities continue to investigate the passing of counterfeit money.
Annual WMUF/WLZK Peddler Easter Egg Hunt Set for Saturday
Paris, Tenn.- The Annual WMUF/WLZK Peddler Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday March 30th at 10am at Ogburn Park. The hunt is open for all kids ages 0-10, but you must have a hunting license to be able to hunt on Saturday. Hunting licenses can be picked up at area sponsors. Keep listening to our radio stations for a list of participating sponsors were the license can be picked up or get this week’s Peddler Advantage for a list of places to get licenses. The hunt will start at 10am and will be held rain or shine.
Murray State University to Interview Four Provost Finalists
Paris Native is One of Candidates
Paris Native Dr. Jay Morgan
Murray, Ky. – Four candidates have been identified as finalists for the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Murray State University. They will be visiting the Murray State campus during the first two weeks of April.
The provost candidate finalists, along with their interview dates, are Dr. Joseph (Jay) Morgan, April 2-3; Dr. Charles McAdams, April 4-5; Dr. Bahman Ghorashi, April 8-9; and Dr. Brenda Nichols, April 11-12.
Open forums for faculty will be held for each candidate on the first day of the visit from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the Freed Curd Auditorium in the Collins Center for Industry and Technology.
A presentation and open forum for each candidate for the entire campus community will also be held on the first day of each visit from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Wrather West Kentucky Museum Auditorium.
Dr. Bonnie Higginson, the current provost and vice president for academic affairs, has resigned effective June 30, 2013, to return to teaching in the college of education.
“Selecting our next provost — the chief academic officer of the university — is critically important to the future success of Murray State. A strong turnout at each of the candidate forums will help ensure that the most outstanding leader we can attract will be chosen to succeed Dr. Higginson, who set a high standard for the office during her three-year tenure,” said Dr. Randy Dunn, MSU president.
Brief bios for the finalists:
Dr. Joseph (Jay) Morgan (April 2-3) is a Murray State University graduate with a B.S. in agriculture science and business, and an M.S. in agriculture science. He earned his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in agricultural education. He has been the associate provost for graduate education and research at Murray State since 2010. Morgan began teaching at MSU in 1997 in the Hutson School of Agriculture. Prior to beginning his career at MSU, Morgan spent two years teaching and coaching at the high school level. He is a Paris native.
Dr. Charles McAdams (April 4-5) received the B.S.Ed. from Tennessee Technological University, and the M.S. and Ed.D. from the University of Illinois, all in music education. Since 2004, he has served as dean of the college of arts and sciences at Northwest Missouri State University. Previously, he was chair and professor in the department of music at the University of Central Missouri, where he began teaching in 1983. Prior to that McAdams directed high school band and choir.
Dr. Bahman Ghorashi (April 8-9) holds three degrees in chemical engineering — the B.S. from Wayne State University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He is currently executive director of Fenn Academy and Fenn Research and Development Institute at Cleveland State University, as well as a professor of chemical and biomedical engineering. Earlier, he served as dean of the college of engineering at CSU. He began his career there in 1978, rising through the teaching ranks in the department of chemical engineering.
Dr. Brenda Nichols (April 11-12) is a graduate of the University of Evansville with an A.S.N., B.S.N. and M.S. (education). She earned the D.N.Sc. at the Indiana University school of nursing. She is currently dean of the college of arts and sciences at Lamar University in Texas. Former positions in higher education include chair of the Old Dominion University school of nursing, dean of the college of health sciences at Southern Cross University in Australia and director of nursing research at the University of Southern Mississippi. She began her teaching career at Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1977.
Peter Yarrow to Appear at Murray State
Murray, Ky.-Folk Music Legend Peter Yarrow will appear at Murray State University at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. The concert is free and will be held at Wrather Museum Auditorium on the campus.
Although admission is free, everyone is asked to bring a canned good for Needline.
Yarrow was one-third of the Peter, Paul and Mary folk group.
Ladies with SWAG Beauty Pageant Set Saturday
Paris, Tenn. -Ladies With SWAG (Sisters With A Goal) are sponsoring a beauty pageant at the Krider Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 30. A silent auction also will be held, with proceeds going to Relay for Life.
Admission is $5. Ladies With SWAG is a non-profit organization designed for girls ages 12-18.
Quota Easter Bonnet Bake Sale Set Saturday
Paris, Tenn.-The annual Quota Club Easter Bonnet Bake Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30, at the Mineral Wells Branch of Commercial Bank and Trust. An assortment of unique treats for Easter will be on sale.
BPU's Project Round Up Helps Several Organizations
Paris, Tenn.- Many customers who pay their monthly Board of Public Utilities bill may opt into the BPU’s Project Round Up Program where the bill is rounded up to the nearest whole dollar, but perhaps aren’t sure what good that little amount of change per month actually does. Project Round started dispersing funds in April of 2002 and the extra money that comes from rounding to the nearest whole dollar on a customer’s bill goes to several non profit organizations in Paris and Henry County and services many different types of needs.
There is a 7 member trust board that meets quarterly to discuss and disperse round up funds each fiscal year. All the board members are volunteer and Alexander Thompson Arnold does the audit for the trust, but its cost is included in the yearly audit for the BPU. About 70% of BPU’s residential customers participate in the Project Round Up program.
Round up funds are not given to individuals to pay electric bills but instead go to a large group of organizations that are located in Henry County. Round up funds are dispersed to Project Help each year, which is an organization that helps pay electric bills for those who are in need.
Gini Roberts, secretary for the BPU board and Trust board said that they keep Round-up amounts to $5,000 or less per organization unless its an unusual circumstance and very specific need for a group and they try to serve many different organizations with the round up monies. From July 2011 to June 2012 BPU’s Project Round Up produced $73,226 for 38 different local non profit organizations.
Amounts ranged from $130 to up to $5000 for the 38 organizations that were helped during the last fiscal year. In two quarterly meetings this current fiscal year, the trust board has approved 12 organizations for a total of $29,550 thru Round up monies. Final recipients and amounts will be decided by the board later this fiscal year.
The amount of people in Henry County served thru these organizations is numerous and it all comes from citizen’s decision to pay a little extra on their bills each month and the BPU’s trust boards’ work each quarter on the round up monies. Any BPU customer that isn’t already a part of Project Round Up and would like to be, can call the BPU office at 642-1322.
Patriots 'Walk Off' With Extra Inning Win Against Springfield
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County defeated Springfield 4-3 in 10 innings Wednesday night in district 10-AAA baseball action. Patriot pinch runner Evan Harrison scored the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning off a botched ground ball at second. Henry County competes in a doubleheader in Huntingdon Thursday then travels to Rossview on Monday for another district game.
"Puppy Pals" Helps Alleviate Kids' Fears in Juvenile Court
Juvenile Court Judge Vicki Snyder and Sheriff Monte Belew with "Lucy" and "Ethel", two of the puppies that are being cared for at the sheriff office's shelter as part of the the ongoing puppy mill case. Lucy and Ethel were working today at the juvenile court. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
By Shannon McFarlin
Paris, Tenn.-For children, the court system can be a scary and stressful place. Now, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Henry County Juvenile Court and the Henry County Sheriff's Office, it will be much less so.
Juvenile Judge Vicki Snyder and Sheriff Monte Belew have teamed up to provide "Puppy Pals", a space set aside in the juvenile court offices where children can cuddle and play with little puppies while they're waiting for court appearances or appointments.
Snyder said children often are required to come to court for a variety of reasons, such as when the court must supervise their cases with the Department of Children's Services (DCS) or when they are required to appear in an abuse case. "Hopefully, this little space for them will alleviate some of their fears associated with coming to court."
Before, there was no designated space for children, who routinely had to sit in the hall waiting for their case to be heard or sit inside the courtroom, which often was populated with inmates or the defendants who were involved in the childrens' cases.
"They see me in court and I'm up on the bench in these robes and my reading glasses and that can be pretty intimidating," Snyder said. "When they're in here, they can play with the puppies and we have toys for them to play with and a t.v. set with kid-friendly tapes playing for them."
Snyder said she saw an article about a Middle Tennessee Judge who brought a rescue dog with him to court as therapy for children and the next morning she called Belew with the idea. "It took off from there," she said.
The sheriff's office operates a no-kill shelter on Jones Bend Rd. and puppies will be brought to the juvenile court whenever there is a child's case scheduled for that day. A section of the room is set aside for the puppies, with a wooden barrier around it and which has the puppies' food, water--and puppy pads. Inmates constructed and painted the wooden barrier.
The room where the "Puppy Pals" is located is across the hall from the court and is an office space, but most of the room now has space for the puppies, as well as a long table for children to color or draw, plus the television set. "It's a kid-friendly environment," Belew said. "Instead of the uncomfortable environment of the courtroom. It's very therapeutic."
A deputy and/or DCS Court Liaison Beverly Frisch will be in the room with the children and the puppies.
"This is going to be a real stress-reliever for the kids," Belew said. "They can watch Barney and play with the puppies."
Snyder said, "This is a win-win situation. It helps the kids, it helps the court and it brings attention to the no-kill shelter we have with the sheriff's department. It will bring attention to it and hopefully adoptions for the dogs that are out there."
There is no age limit associated with the "Puppy Pals", Snyder said. "I think a 17-year-old will get as much out of it as a three-year-old".
Belew agreed, noting, "Puppies put a smile on everyone's faces. Who doesn't like to cuddle with a puppy?"
Snyder and Belew, with Lucy and Ethel, in front of the "Puppy Pals" space at juvenile court. (McFarlin photo).
Library Closed for Good Friday
The W. G. Rhea Public Library will be closed on Friday, March 29, to celebrate Good Friday. The Library will be open on Saturday, March 30 during the regulars hours of 9 am to 5 pm.
Puryear Lions Spring Fling Set for April 13
Puryear, Tenn.-Puryear Lions Club Spring Fling April 13, 2013 at Harrleson School. Girls birth to 18 years and boys birth to 4 years.
For more information and/or entry forms e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
State Parks Offer Easter Buffets, Activities
Buchanan, Tenn.- The Paris Landing State Park and Paris Landing Inn will be one of state parks that offer a combination of great food and the great outdoors this Easter Sunday. All eight Tennessee State Parks’ restaurants will be open on Sunday, March 31, serving a traditional Easter Sunday Buffet.
Buffet selections and prices will vary from $12.95 to $15.95 (price does not include drink, tax or gratuity). Special prices for kids and seniors over 62 also are available. The Easter Buffet will begin at 11 a.m. and will remain open until closing at state park restaurants across Tennessee.
Tennessee State Park restaurants serving the Easter Buffet include:
· Cumberland Mountain State Park -- (931) 484-7186
· David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg) -- (931) 762-9541
· Fall Creek Falls State Park -- (423) 881-5241
· Henry Horton State Park -- (931) 364-2222
· Montgomery Bell State Park -- (615) 797-3101
· Natchez Trace State Park -- (731) 968-8176
· Paris Landing State Park -- (731) 642-4311
· Pickwick Landing State Park -- (731) 689-3135
Tennessee State Parks will also host several special events around the Easter holiday, including Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park’s Nature Day hike and several family-friendly Easter egg hunts throughout the state. Easter egg hunts are scheduled at Fort Pillow, T.O. Fuller, Rock Island, Standing Stone, Big Ridge and Fall Creek Falls state parks. These and other upcoming state park events can be found by visiting the 2013 Tennessee State Parks’ event schedule at www.tnstateparks.com/events.
BPU Board Decides to Move Forward With Substation Projects
Paris, Tenn.- At Tuesday’s board of directors meeting for the Board of Public Utilities, it was decided after much discussion to allow General Manager John Etheridge to proceed with the first steps of a big capital project they discussed in detail during last month’s meeting.
During the February meeting, Etheridge and Electric Supervisor Barry Brogdon told the board about some capital projects needed that estimated costing about $7.5M over the next five years. That included a new warehouse for the electric department, rehabbing the district substation in Paris and building a brand new substation somewhere north of downtown Paris.
Etheridge briefly reminded board members about the projects again Tuesday which initiated a discussion. He told the board it would necessitate an eventual two dollar flat rate increase per month to residential customers and should get them thru 2017 without another flat rate increase unless unforeseen circumstances occur. The last electric rate increase came in 2010.
Etheridge also told board members that he hopes to get a 20 year note on the project and go to bond market after July 1, when the new fiscal year starts, but before October 1.
Brogdon said the building of the new substation is the most important part of this group of projects because that has to be done before the rehabbing of the district substation can begin. He explained the widening of 641 North might be an issue with placement of transmission lines but many preliminary steps can be taken including acquiring land to put the substation on until they know exact locations of widening from the state.
Board members all seemed to agree the substation issues are most important and questioned estimated cost on the electric warehouse. The current warehouse was built in the early 1950s and water runoff has caused some rotting of wood and other structural problems. Estimated cost on a new building is in the $2M range for the warehouse.
The board finally agreed to give Etheridge the green light on proceeding ahead with the first steps on building the new substation, including seeking and acquiring land and come back with more information on the warehouse and discuss it more in April.
Opportunities Available for BPU Customers to Use Green Power
Paris, Tenn.- During the BPU board meeting Tuesday, Jeff Thompson talked about TVA’s green power switch program and what is offered thru TVA and BPU for residents of Henry County when it comes to green power.
The Tennessee Valley Authority developed a long term, sustainable renewable energy program known as Green Power Providers. It offers consumers, industries, and businesses across the valley the option to build renewable generation with a maximum project size of less than 50 kilowatts in size.
Thompson said every year TVA alots so many blocks of power to be used for green energy either solar, wind, hydro, or bio gas. With every $4 block of renewable energy a customer buys, it ensures 150 kilo-watt hours of electricity comes from one of these green power sources.
There is a $250 application fee to use green power and you must have an account with BPU. Installation capacity is limited to annual kilo-watt hour usage and up to 50kw can be implemented per customer.
BPU will provide the application, interconnection agreement, and make the field assessment and approve the site. Installation of green power equipment must be done by approved board of certified energy practitioner contractors.
This year, TVA is allowing a .09 payback on premiums with that decreasing to .06 in 2014 and down to .03 in 2015. Thompson said now might be the best time for consumers to make the green power switch because the amount decreases in future years. He also said federal rebates are available for citizens who switch to green power uses.
Thompson said the cost to install is about $4K per kW and in addition to federal rebates TVA is reimbursing $1K currently to those who decide to join the green power providers.
Several residents and businesses have gone thru BPU for solar power including Tosh Farms as the panels can be seen alongside highway 79S. For more information on the Green Power Providers call BPU or visit tva.com/greenpowerswitch.
BPU Approves Round Up Audit
More from Tuesday’s Board of Public Utilities board of directors meeting saw the board approve the annual audit of the Project Round Up that was prepared by Alexander Thompson Arnold. Project Round up is an optional program BPU customers can participate in where the charge on your monthly bill is rounding up to the nearest whole dollar amount. The extra change from the round up goes into a fund that helps with non profit organizations in the community.
General Manager John Etheridge said over the last 7-8 years between $600-700K has come from Project Round Up and every cent has gone to non profits in the community.
The board declared several high mileage trucks and other equipment surplus on Tuesday. Etheridge said they will take sealed bids and sell the equipment after publicizing it.
Etheridge went over the financials as well and explained that BPU had a very positive month in February financially in February. It was a comparable month and he expects them to be on budget with everything by the end of the fiscal year.
He also said sales in the water and wastewater department were comparable to the same month last year and year to date sales were up in both departments around $30K.
Sinkhole Develops at Brewer-Washington Streets Intersection
The sinkhole has been marked off and covered with a backhoe. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Paris, Tenn.-An approximately 9 foot deep sinkhole has developed at the intersection at Brewer and Washington Streets in downtown Paris and city workers have blocked it off and will begin work on it "first thing in the morning", according to City Public Works Director Phillip Jessie.
Jessie said late Tuesday afternoon that the city has been keeping an eye on the intersection for several weeks. "We noticed a sinking in the street and we found a problem with the storm drain under there," he said. "We finally located it; it takes three days to locate it."
According to Jessie, the problem began with the construction work ongoing at that intersection when workers hired by the Paris Board of Public Utilities (BPU) demolished the former Belks Store to make room for expanded parking.
"The heavy trucks that were moving across there disturbed it," Jessie said. "Those clay pipes are easy to disturb. That's been causing that sinking in the street."
"First thing in the morning", Jessie said, city employees will begin filling it in with gravel for now and then in the summer will backtop over it.
A backhoe has been placed over the hole and the sinkhole is marked off with cones, lights and sawhorses to make sure no one goes into that area.
Missing Juvenile Located in West Virginia
Paris, Tenn.-A juvenile missing from Paris since March 6 has been located in West Virginia.
Paris Police Investigator Greg Underwood determined that Ayana Wooten has been located by the authorities in the State of West Virginia.
The Henry County Juvenile Court and the West Virginia authorities have determined that the child will be placed with her father in Ohio. While the child will not return to Henry County, the case is now closed with her being located in West Virginia.
The Paris Police Department also wants to thank local citizens for their assistance locating Ayana. "The safety of our youth in a runaway situation is very important to us," Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said. "We ask everyone with information on any crime, please continue to contact the Paris Police Department at 731-642-2424, or use our anonymous tip line 731-641-1411".
Soft Blanket of Snow Envelops Henry County
Paris, Tenn.-Henry Countians awoke to find a soft blanket of snow over the ground--and their cars--but little or no real accumulation. It did make for some picturesque scenes, such as the Town Creek area as it cuts through Park Street from Boundbrook this morning. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
4-H Members Initiated into All Stars
New All-Stars, left to right: Kimberly Lee, Brooke Daniels, All Star Northeast Area Representative Brigitte Passman and Dora Klink pose after Kimberly, Brooke and Dora were initiated into the All Stars. (Staci Foy photo).
Paris, Tenn.- The Western Region’s 4-H All Star Spring Retreat was held March 15 and 16 at Paris Landing State Park. Among the 96 high school age youth in attendance, seven were from Henry County. The youth spent the weekend conducting community service projects and learning various subjects through workshops.
Of the seven in attendance, four had previously been initiated into the All Stars. Chandler Brachmann, Shelia Lamb, Aleece Passman and Brigitte Passman were already All Star members. Brooke Daniels, Dora KIink and Kimberly Lee were initiated into the All Stars on Friday evening.
The All Stars is the second of three steps in 4-H recognition in Tennessee. The first step is the Honor Club and the final step is Vol State. All members initiated into the All Stars must be 4-H Honor Club members and have reached the ninth grade. The All Stars function on the regional level with spring and fall retreats that focus on service, fellowship and leadership.
Extension Agent Staci Foy issued a special thanks to Michelle Brewer and the Henry County Sheriff’s Department for stepping up to teach self-defense with only a few days’ notice after a presenter had to cancel. For more information about 4-H in Henry County, contact the UT Extension office at 642-2941.
County GOP to Meet Thursday
Paris, Tenn.-The Henry County GOP will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday March 28 in the Chancery Court room (main floor), Henry County Court House.
State Senator Jim Summerville of Dickson who was scheduled for last month but had to cancel due to illness will be our speaker.
Due to the contested reorganizational election (results of this will be made known after April 1, 2013) either Kyle Mallory of Stewart County (sitting GOP chair) or someone from Nashville headquarters will chair this meeting.
Fish Fry Headquarters to Open Saturday at 10 a.m.
Paris, Tenn.- The 60th annual Worlds Biggest Fish Fry officially kicks off this Saturday March 30th with the grand opening of Fish Fry Headquarters on Wood Street across from East Wood Clinic. The headquarters will be housed in a building donated by Dinkins Mobile Homes and set on property owned by Wyatt Owens who offers the spot for the Jaycees every year free of charge.
There will be a ribbon cutting by the chamber at 10am Saturday followed by the announcement of the Grand Marshall for this year’s Grand Parade which will be held Friday April 26th. The Fish Fry souvenir book will also be dedicated at the grand opening Saturday morning.
In addition to that, corporate sponsors will be recognized that help make the Fish Fry possible. This year’s corporate sponsors include Peppers Automotive, TransCanada, Mobile Nation who is sponsoring the Fish Tent, and AT and T, sponsors of the rodeo.
The 2013 Hostess Princess Court will be announced and new this year, the Hostess Princess Court will do a community service project during Fish Fry. More details about it will come at Saturday’s grand opening of headquarters.
Avary Woods, will be recognized for his artwork, which dons the World’s Biggest Fish Fry T-shirts this year. Souvenirs will also go on sale along with a special limited edition 60th annual WBFF t-shirt design.
The 60th annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry starts with the American Collegiate Anglers’ Fishing Tournament that will be held on Kentucky Lake. On Thursday April 18th, the collegiate anglers will drive their trucks and boats thru Paris in a spirit parade and end up at a fish fry at the fairgrounds to welcome them all to town. The tournament will be held Friday and Saturday April 19th and 20th with weigh ins at Paris Landing State Park.
Events with the Fish Fry will run from April 19th thru April 28th and include the demolition derby, 5K hushpuppy dash, kick-off dance, horse and mule pull, carnival, rodeo, catfish races, small fry parade, and more. The fish tent will be open Wednesday April 24th thru Saturday April 27th for all you can eat catfish and trimmings for only $12. For more information on this year’s events visit worldsbiggestfishfry.com.
City of Paris to Begin Curbside Trash Pickup In May
Paris, Tenn.- Beginning on May 6th, the city of Paris will go curb side for trash pickup. All residents will need to place trash at the end of their driveway beginning then. For any questions call 642-0476.
Mansfield Home Destroyed in Fire
The home at 8850 was destroyed by fire this morning; no one was injured. (Cheryl Webb photos).
Mansfield, Tenn.-A home at 8850 Hwy. 77 was destroyed by fire Monday morning, but it was unoccupied at the time of the blaze and no one was injured.
A passerby saw the fire around 11:19 a.m. and called 911. The Mansfield volunteer fire department sent two trucks and eight firefighters, with back-up from the Paris Fire Department, which sent one truck and two firemen.
Assistant Mansfield Chief Darren Webb said the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Occupants of the home, Jimmy Keys and Mike Hastings, had just left the residence 20 minutes before, Webb said.
"We're still investigating the cause of the fire," he said.
Assistant Mansfield Chief Darren Webb sprays water on the blaze.
Tuesday is Last Day for VITA Tax Service This Year
Paris, Tenn.-Site Coordinator Carole Walsh is reminding the public that Tuesday, March 26, is the last day that the free VITA tax preparation service will be open this year. It is located in the Atkins-Porter Recreation Center on Highland St. in Paris.
Man Charged with Rape of a Child
Paris, Tenn.- Investigator Adam Jenkins of the Henry County Sheriff's Office has charged a man with resisting arrest and rape of a child after incidents that occurred this weekend.
Richard A. Glisson, of 103 Hidden Acres Road was charged by Investigator Jenkins after a report filed stated that a young girl had been touched inappropriately by Glisson. Bond was placed at $250,000.
HCSO Investigating Thefts from the Weekend
Paris, Tenn.- The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is still looking for a suspect in the theft of truck from a Stateline Road home that ended up in a ditch upside this weekend. Deputy Blake Jenkins responded to the home where someone had kicked in the side door to the garage raised the garage door and drove off in the truck. The victim said the door was looked to the garage but he had left the doors unlocked on the truck and the keys in it. About 30 minutes after taking the report, Deputy Jenkins responded to a call of a truck upside down in a ditch. It was the truck that was stolen, but no one was around it at the time.
The Sheriff’s Office is also still looking for suspects in the theft of a pregnant female quarter horse from a home on highway 140 west. The report said victims noticed a female quarter horse that is about 14 years old was missing when they were feeding the other horses. The female is dark brown and black and is currently pregnant and due to give birth to a colt in late April or May. The value of the horse is $1K.
An older model cub cadet mower was stolen from a home on Pig Lane this weekend. The report said it was missing from the carport. The mower didn’t work and was valued at $300.
Wet Grounds Postpone Patriots Baseball, Softball games
Paris, Tenn.- Henry County’s baseball game with Springfield scheduled for Monday evening has been postponed due to the wet weather. The Patriots will host Springfield on Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 5pm. We will broadcast the game on WLZK 94.1FM starting with a pregame show at 4:45pm. The Lady Patriot Softball game scheduled for Monday has been postponed as well. There is no make up date scheduled yet.
Three Arrested in Armed Robbery at Domino's Pizza
David Ingram Kyle Riley Dain Cissell
Paris, Tenn.-Three men--two of whom are from Henry County--were arrested on aggravated armed robbery charges early Sunday morning following a robbery at Domino's Pizza on Tyson Ave. in Paris.
Paris Police were called to the restaurant on a report that someone came into the business with an assault rifle type weapon and took an undisclosed amount of money from employees.
Following the investigation immediately following the incident, police arrested Kyle Riley, 24, of Gleason; Dain Cissell, 19, 4350 Shady Grove Rd., Paris; and David Ingram, 21,321 Walnut St., Paris, and charged all three with aggravated armed robbery. All three will appear in General Sessions Court Tuesday. The three are being held bonds of $50,000 each.
Hail Storm Wreaks Havoc For Driver
Paris, Tenn.- The driver of this SUV was lucky not to be injured following a one-vehicle accident Sunday. Traci Raymer sent in this photo and said Big Tow responded to the accident on Hwy 641 S. She said the driver and his vehicle were victims of "this afternoon's bout of hail. Lucky guy was wearing his seatbelt. No injuries."
Another Sign of Spring
Paris, Tenn.-Another sure sign of spring: when the downtown fountain is turned on again after a long winter's nap. (Shannon McFarlin photo.)
Kids Start Fire Under Railroad Car
Paris, Tenn.-Thanks to quick response by the Paris Fire Department, there was no property damage when kids set cardboard boxes on fire underneath a railroad car on Rison Street Saturday night. Two trucks responded to the fire at 6 p.m. The location of the fire is in the same area as the fire that destroyed the historic Market 414 building in January.
At the time of the Market 414 fire, there were reports that kids had been seen running from the scene.
Southern Living Magazine Features Paris versus Paris
Paris, Tenn.-The April issue of Southern Living magazine features a full-page article and photo display comparing Paris, Tenn. with Paris, Texas. Galia Greer of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce said the article representing several months of work with the editors of the magazine.
PD Busy With DUI, Reckless Driving Arrests
Paris, Tenn.-Paris Police were busy with other incidents over the weekend, as well. Patrolman Jeramye Whitaker issued arrest warrants for multiple charges on a Paris man after he allegedly hit another vehicle in the parking lot in the trailer court at 706 Mandalay Rd.
Warrants were issued for Jeremy Henderson, 27 of that address, on charges of driving on a suspended license, failure to report an accident, reckless driving, lack of financial responsibility and filing a false report.
Police were called to the trailer park Saturday morning on a report that an unoccupied car was found damaged in the parking lot. Witnesses said the car was hit around 3:30 a.m. while it was parked by Henderson, who they said was driving fast and squealing tires.
Whitaker found damage to Henderson’s truck and also found the same color paint as the parked car on it. When Whitaker asked Henderson about it, Henderson said two other people had been driving his car. According to the police report, Whitaker told him that witnesses had said he was driving the car at the time of the incident.
In another incident, Sgt. Michael Ramos arrested Lynn Toombs, 64 of Mansfield, on charges of DUI and implied consent. Police were called to the 218 bypass on a report that a vehicle was all over the road Saturday afternoon.
Ramos said the car nearly went into a ditch, hit a marker, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol and he saw an open beer bottle in the car. In his report, Ramos indicated that Toombs had trouble finding her purse and was unable to give her name or birth date. She first admitted she drank a bottle of wine, then said it was a lot of wine. She failed sobriety tests.
Paris Police also arrested Alexandria Smothers, 23, Big Sandy, for domestic assault at Park Village Apartments, 1450 N. Market Street on Saturday morning.
Grillin' For The DARE Program
Paris, Tenn.-Capt. Damon Lowe, left, and Sheriff Monte Belew check out what's grilling Friday during the all-day barbecue at Lakeway IGA sponsored by the sheriff's office. Deputies grilled ribeye sandwiches and sold them, with all proceeds going toward the county's DARE program. (Shannon McFarlin photo).
Carroll County Man Nabbed in Cold Case Murder
Nashville, Tenn.-A Carroll County man was arrested on first-degree murder charges this week on a 27-year-old cold case. John Edward Miller, 47, was served papers by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charging him with first-degree murder and first-degree murder in perpetration of kidnapping in the case of Betty Carol Thomas of Lexington who disappeared in 1986 in Henderson County. Thomas’ remains were discovered a few months later in the Pine Lake recreational area south of Lexington and later identified as hers.
New leads brought the charges against Miller, who now is incarcerated in the Morgan County Correctional Complex on unrelated charges. When Thomas disappeared, Miller was out on bond for an aggravated robbery in Carroll County in 1986. He was paroled in 1995 but was later arrested in Illinois on robbery charges that resulted in the revocation of his parole in Tennessee.
Jolley Appears on "Tonight Show"
Los Angeles, Calif.-Palmersville Native Paul Jolley appeared on The Tonight Show Friday night after he was was eliminated from "American Idol" during the program's results show on Thursday. Jolley sang a song and had a short interview with Host Jay Leno, during which Leno asked him what young people usually do in Palmersville, Tenn., on Friday nights.
Jolley said he and his friends like to go to a drive-in theater an hour away from the town.
Paris, Tenn.-Henry County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a theft from a home on VanDyke Rd. According to the report, several items were taken from the home, including a Troy Built pressure washer with red frame and white plastic tank with Honda motor and an orange Huskavana weed eater.
Jolley Eliminated from "American Idol"
Paul Jolley of Palmersville eliminated from "Idol" Thursday night. (Matthieu Young/Fox photo).
Los Angeles, Calif.- Palmersville Native Paul Jolley was eliminated from "American Idol" during the program's results show Thursday, March 21. Jolley made it farther on the program than anyone else from the local area has, making it through the tough auditions and early rounds placing in the top ten. Jolley is the grandson of Jewel Melton of Cottage Grove.
According to US Weekly, after he performed a cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" on Wednesday night, Jolley said he knew the end was near.
"I woke up and I had my moment with God and I realized, 'I'm going home today.' I knew it in my heart, 100 percent," the 22-year-old told the magazine after the show. "And I was prepared for it because deep down inside I gave it my all, and in the end, God has a bigger plan and that's all that matters."
Jolley said both Judges Mariah Carey and Keith Urban gave him encouraging words after the program. Jolley will be going on tour with "American Idol" contestants later this year.
News from past weeks here.